By Noel Whelan

6th Oct, 2021 | 6:00pm

Vlasic tipped for West Ham U-turn after Moyes snub - pundit

Nikola Vlasic could go on a goalscoring run for West Ham after the international break, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 24-year-old “needs time” to settle in east London after he failed to come off the bench in the 2-1 loss against Brentford.

Vlasic has been called up by Croatia for their World Cup qualifying matches against Cyprus and Slovakia.

The Irons return to domestic action with a trip to Everton.

Whelan suggested the ex-Toffees man could “kickstart” his West Ham career against his old side.

“Vlasic is a great player with great pedigree, but he needs time,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

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“It’s not easy coming from another country to live here. He’s got to learn to play with his teammates, adjust to the new culture.

“They’ve gone out and got a top player but we just need to be patient.

“Maybe Moyes wanted to shore things up [against Brentford] instead of chucking on another striker in Vlasic.

“Look, give him two more weeks, let him return from international duty – he’ll be looking to capitalise from now until Christmas and grab his first goal.

“That’s what can kickstart a player in his position form-wise – goals, goals, goals.

“If he gets his first one, he could go on a run and get two or three.”

Vlasic joined West Ham from CSKA Moscow in a deal worth a reported initial fee of £25.7million.

The attacking midfielder has started three times in six appearances for the Hammers.

He is yet to score or assists for Moyes’ men.

Vlasic’s previous spell in the Premier League with Everton ended in 2019 after just 12 games.

He failed to contribute a goal or assist for the Toffees.

He earned a return to England after scoring 11 goals in 26 league games for CSKA Moscow last term.

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