West Ham fans on Twitter were loving Vlasic's debut
Nikola Vlasic made his debut for West Ham off the bench yesterday.
The Croatian came on after 63 minutes, replacing Said Benrahma at St. Mary’s in the Hammers 0-0 draw on the South coast.
For the most part, there were very few positives to take from the bore draw, with Michail Antonio’s late red card leaving a particularly sour taste.
However, one positive that the fans can take was Vlasic.
The Croatian may not have been able to make an impact on the result, but he certainly worked hard in his 27 minute cameo.
A lot has been made of the fact that West Ham failed to sign an out-and-out striker to cover for Antonio, but Vlasic can do a job anywhere in attack.
Primarily an attacking midfield, Vlasic can also play off either wing giving David Moyes plenty of options.
In the Irons next Premier League outing they host Manchester United, although there is also a midweek clash with Dinamo Zagreb to worry about on Thursday.
Antonio could feature on Thursday, but come Sunday Moyes will have a headache.
The best course of action could be to use the likes of Vlasic, Benrahma, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen in a rotating front four.
It’s always going to be a tough ask when facing Man United, it becomes even harder when Antonio is out.
It then becomes even more difficult when you factor in that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side witnessed the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored twice on his second debut.
Regardless of the opposition, Moyes will be setting his side up to attack and cause problems.
It’s hard to see a way in which Vlasic isn’t a part of that attack, which is something the fans will be keen so see after this weekend’s display.
You can read the Hammers’ thoughts on Vlasic’s debut here:
Played well on the ball and showed fight in defence, gotta start next week— Setzac (@Setzac2) September 11, 2021
And he got stuck in straight away!— Edgware Bubbles (@KillerHeels_UK) September 11, 2021
Only positive of the game was that he looked quick and energetic when he came on.— Nathan Jones (@ninkjones02) September 11, 2021
From just watching him today, you can tell he’s a good player. Had more pace than I expected (about Bowen level). I am confident he will be a very good player.— Michael Kent (@Michael78291492) September 11, 2021
I like Vlasic. I didn’t see him much before playing in Russia. He’s a good player. Will be good for Hammers I bet— twannee (@panda_luvin) September 11, 2021
Best player on the pitch— Orrin (@OroWhu) September 11, 2021
Baller— Adam (@hdhshhehshen) September 11, 2021
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