Last summer Everton snapped up Nikola Vlasic from Hajduk Split. It came after the Croatian had impressed Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh with his display in a Europa League tie between the two clubs.
It caused Everton to splash out a reported £10 million on the player.
Vlasic looked a good signing for the future and Everton fans were excited about what might be.
A year ago today, his agent spoke of the move, suggesting Vlasic was happy to be at the club.
Of course, a year ago Everton were in trouble. They had sacked Koeman, the man who signed Vlasic, and were still looking for a replacement for the Dutchman.
“Everton made the right offer in the right moment, that’s the truth. Inter wanted to sign him, that’s true but Everton made a very good offer to the player and his former club [Hajduk Split]. Everton have not had a great start to the season but the club believe in him. It was Koeman who pushed to sign him so we have to see who the manager will be.”
Since his exit, things have gone downhill fast for Vlasic at Everton. He barely featured for Everton under Koeman’s replacement Sam Allardyce and in the summer he was told by new boss Marco Silva that he was not in his plans. With Walsh also gone, replaced by Marcel Brands, Vlasic clearly had to leave.
A year on, and the quotes from his agent have certainly not aged well. Vlasic will be hoping to feature tonight for his loan club CSKA Moscow against Roma and continue his fine form this season. He has five goals and two assists from 13 games for the Russian side, who are very pleased to have him on loan from the Toffees.
If such form continues, perhaps Everton will be wanting to convince him to remain at Goodison Park long-term.