Nikola Vlasic has endured a difficult time at Everton since arriving from Hajduk Split last summer and January’s transfer window has not helped his situation one bit, but Leeds United could change that in the summer.
A versatile forward who can play as a winger, attacking midfielder or centre forward, the 20-year-old, who has two international caps under his belt for Croatia, saw Cenk Tosun and Theo Walcott arrive over the winter to push him down the pecking order and dash his chances of any senior football between now and the end of the season.
Sam Allardyce’s decision to bolster his attack has left former West Ham coach and Vlasic’s fellow countryman Nikala Jurcevic questioning the youngster’s future, and hints that if he does not force his way back into the the first team, then a loan exit is on the cards over the summer, which is where Leeds come into play.
The Whites have endured a bitterly disappointing campaign in the Championship, with hopes of a play off spot dashed by their abysmal form, and it is time to start preparing for next season.
Their attack has not been prolific enough, with the likes of Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Caleb Ekuban and Ezgjan Alioski failing to hit the top of their game consistently enough to push for the top six.
Vlasic, with just nine Premier League appearances under his belt, will be desperate for some senior game time next season and the second tier could well be the perfect place for him to ply his trade before returning to Goodison Park, and it must be Leeds who hand him that opportunity.
His versatility will make him useful to Paul Heckingbottom and his experience of the top flight means he could bring some much needed quality up front.
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