Date: 20th June 2019 at 8:00am
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Nikola Vlasic completed his move to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday afternoon and some supporters aren’t happy with the news. Despite the 21-year-old struggling for form and playing time at Everton, Vlasic was highly regarded among many fans due to the flashes of talent he showed during his two years at Goodison Park.

The Croatian international contributed only three goals 19 games since joining Everton from Hadjuk Split in 2017, but he was outstanding during last season’s loan spell at CSKA – 15 goals/assists in 31 appearances – which has led many to call Everton’s decision to sell him a mistake. Vlasic appeared keen to stay at CSKA after a successful 2018/19, but some fans wouldn’t have let him leave permanently.

Vlasic found himself behind Gylfi Sigurdsson in the pecking order and hasn’t made an appearance for Everton since May 2018. In his debut season at Goodison, he spent the majority of the campaign out of the matchday squad. He wasn’t given a lot of time to prove his worth at Everton, which is likely why supporters aren’t too happy to see Vlasic leaving on a permanent deal.

The midfielder was young and had potential, as clearly shown from his stint in Russia, but Everton’s loss will be CSKA’s gain.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article