Everton have signed winger Nikola Vlasic from Croatian side Hajduk Split for a fee in the region of £10 million. The Croatian international joined the Toffees on deadline day and has played against Everton twice this season, in the Europa League.
Nikola Vlasic has become Ronald Koeman’s 15th summer signing and he won his first full international cap in May when he completed 90 minutes of Croatia’s 2-1 friendly win over Mexico. He scored 11 goals in 87 appearances for Hajduk and last season was appointed vice-captain at just 18 years old.
Here’s what Vlasic has said about his move;
“I came to England with Hajduk Split and we learned that Goodison was one of the oldest stadiums in the country. In Croatia, there is distance between the fans and the pitch but, at Goodison Park, the fans are so close and it’s perfect.”
Fantasy Football Potential
Vlasic has been priced at 5.5m, which could turn out to be a bargain. If Vlasic can get a place in Koeman’s starting eleven on a regular basis, then his price tag will look more than reasonable. He will most likely be a replacement for Calvert-Lewin if he does start.
His scoring record isn’t the greatest for a winger, but you have to remember he is still just a teenager and a considerable amount of those appearances would have been from the bench. I wouldn’t recommend purchasing him as of yet, as their isn’t a guarantee that he will be a first team player.
Everton’s next five fixtures are as follows: Tottenham (H), Manchester United (A), Bournemouth (H), Burnley (H) and Brighton (A). As Vlasic gets used to life in England, Everton’s fixtures will be changing for the better, after their torrent start to the season.
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Written by Harry Clark (@HarryClark67)