Former West Ham coach Nikola Jurcevic has hinted at a potential loan exit for Everton attacker Nikola Vlasic in the summer after Sam Allardyce’s January business at Goodison Park.
The Toffees saw winger Theo Walcott and centre forwad Cenk Tosun arrive from Arsenal and Besiktas respectively in the winter window, moves which have seen the 20-year-old Croatian international fall out of the senior side as a result.
With just nine Premier League appearances under Vlasic’s belt, and having been left out of the match day squad for the last six games, Jurvevic, who was a coach under Slaven Bilic with the Hammers, suggests a temporary exit from the club is on the cards.
Speaking to Croatian publication Sportske Novosti, he said: “Vlasic had a great start, he even started to make use of the starting opportunity, but then he disappeared.
“It’s damaging for a young player and he needs his games to develop. And Allardyce has brought two other players this winter and it certainly doesn’t go in favour of our young player.
“If Vlasic’s status is not upwards before the summer, he will probably send him somewhere on loan.”
Football Insider verdict
Vlasic arrived on Merseyside with high hopes of being a regular among the first team, but he has fallen from an occasional starter to fringe figure, and now finds himself completely outcast from the senior side. A loan in the summer seems almost an inevitability if nothing changes, and with the Toffees likely to continue investing heavily in their squad after a relatively disappointing season, game time will be even harder to come by for the two-cap attacker. Still, he is young and has time on his side, so a future career with Everton is not out of the question.