Young Everton attacker Nikola Vlasic has been in the press recently to talk about his decision to leave Goodison Park in the summer transfer window and head for Russia and CSKA Moscow on a loan spell.
The 20-year-old has really got up and running at the club following his arrival from Hajduk Split last summer, but since being brought in for a reported £10million fee, he has made 19 appearances in total, with a return of two goals.
With game time limited though last season and with him only making five appearances after the turn of the New Year, he told outlet Novilist that having spoken with manager Marco Silva over the summer and his honesty that game time couldn’t be guaranteed this year, all sides agreed that it was best to get himself out and get some good minutes under his belt.
“Marco Silva, openly told me he could not promise me a place among the first eleven. I’d practically lost last season, I didn’t want to repeat something like that and Everton gave me permission to find the club where I would play.”
A number of youngsters would be happy sitting on their wage, so I can’t fault Vlasic’s desire to get out and play games and with him saying that he had offers from France, Germany and Italy, he could’ve potentially secured a more high profile move than CSKA but Russia will bring its own challenges and might not be the easier move on paper it probably looks.
The spell should do him the world of good though and his appearance tally is growing for them, so if he comes back more focused, in good form and with a point to prove, we’ll benefit from that.