The early stages of this season have taught us many things and one of those lessons surely involves Nikola Vlasic and his prospects.
He struggled last season under the stifling football of Sam Allardyce and many of us, myself included, wrote him off as not good enough.
Indeed, Marco Silva decided it was best to not keep him at the club for this season and he duly went on loan to CSKA Moscow where he has proceeded to tear things up.
A player of clear class and guile, he isn’t the finished article but he is clearly well on his way looking at what he has done this season.
Vlasic offers good ability in the hole and this month just gone he has won CSKA’s Player of the Month award.
Yes, they do not play at our level but he is excelling and I think we’ve been too quick to write him off.
Let’s not let him go, let’s keep him.