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One year on, the agent of Nikola Vlasic’s comments now look ominous for Everton talent

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One year on, the agent of Nikola Vlasic’s comments now look ominous for Everton talent

The Croatian is now on loan at Russian side CSKA Moscow.

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.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: Nikola Vlasic celebrates his goal during the UEFA Europa League match between Everton and Apollon Limassol at Goodison Park on September 28, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

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.”

 

– Vlasic’s agent a year ago today


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.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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