'It was good at the beginning' – Everton 20-year-old delivers verdict on Unsworth snub
By Laura O’Leary
Everton’s Nikola Vlasic has revealed he has not spoken to David Unsworth over his lack of game time, after sharing that all was going well before he took over.
In an interview with 24 Sata, the 20-year-old attacker answered questions about how his Everton career was currently going and remained upbeat.
He said: “It was good at the beginning when I came, but the coach changed.
“I haven’t talked to the new coach about why I’m not playing, it is about professionalism: you do not play, you do not play, you’re on the bench and that’s it, there is no story.”
Vlasic has featured nine times for Everton across all competitions this season.
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This includes playing four games in the Europa League, four in the Premier League and one League Cup fixture.
In his nine games for the Toffees he has scored one goal, in the Europa League fixture against Apollon Limassol, which helped his side to a 2-2 draw.
The Croatian international is yet to play under Unsworth and has not made the squad for either of the league games that Unsworth has been in charge of.
However, before Ronald Koeman was dismissed, after Everton lost 5-2 to Arsenal, the young talent had played regularly.
In fact, the midfielder played the full 90 minutes of Koeman’s last three games in charge.
The hot prospect signed for the Toffees in August 2017, joining the side from Hajduk Split.
The 20-year-old made his competitive international debut for Croatia on Thursday, in a World Cup qualifying play-off against Greece.