'Opportunity of a lifetime' - New Everton signing makes admission
By Abigail Withey
Everton summer recruit Nikola Vlasic has opened up about adjusting to life playing in the Premier League after moving from Hajduk Split.
The 19-year-old joined the Toffees in a five-year-deal on the recent deadline day as Ronald Koeman’s last minute signing.
The teenager has had to adjust quickly to life in the English top flight and has made just one appearance in the competition so far after he featured in the club’s disappointing 3-0 defeat to Tottenham just over a week after moving.
Vlasic became an integral part of the squad at his former club and even captained Hajduk Split on a number of occasions, but has revealed that the English league is incomparable.
“I scored a lot of goals in Croatia but now I want to start scoring in the Premier League,” Vlasic explained, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
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“It is the opportunity of a lifetime. I know how big Everton is.
“I started playing first-team football from a very young age, there were ups and downs but I’m very happy to be in this place and I am very thankful.
“I have played a lot of games but the Premier League is something else.”
The Croatian attacker played against his new club in the Europa League qualifiers back in August when the Blues knocked Hajduk Split out of the European competition.
As well as the clash against Spurs, Vlasic made an appearance in an Everton jersey against Sunderland in the League Cup as well as Atalanta in the Europa.
The teenager impressed during his first few matches and will most likely feature in the squad more once he has adjusted to life in the Premier League.
The young attacker will be particularly useful to Koeman as he has played in a number of positions such as both wings, as secondary striker and also centre-forward.
His ability to play up front could prove favourable as the Toffees have been struggling to fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku after he moved to join Manchester United.
In other Everton news, the Toffees plan to hold talks over a potential swoop for this £120,000-a-week titan.