On loan Everton midfielder Nikola Vlasic has blasted for Everton boss Sam Allardyce and said the under him the style of play he employed at Everton could not even be called football!
The Croatian who is on loan at CSKA Moscow and has impressed this season with 7 goals in 20 games including the winner against Real Madrid in the Champions League, was speaking to Croatian Media outlet Sportske Novosti. He said :
‘Everything changed after (Ronald) Koeman left. The football played under Big Sam was awful, if it could even be called football.
‘In such football I do not have a place. The football team was terrified by everything – the fans mostly.’
“The club is great, the fans are very good and I do not have any bitterness in me. But they did not feel that they were very concerned about me, to somehow underestimate me because I came from Croatia [league].
Vlasic himself is now doubtful that he has a future at Goodison Park saying :
“Personally, I have nothing to do with Silva. He had known since the end of last year that he would take over Everton and watch the team and he could not see me because I did not play.
“It is logical that it will be difficult for me to see the player who will strike one of the top six in the Premier League. This will require new £50m reinforcements. So I expect them to sell me as soon as they get their first bid.”
Vlasic, who arrived at Goodison Park in August 2017 for €10m from Hadjuk Split, also had his say on Everton’s recent transfer business and said that he thinks the club will continue to spend until they achieve success.
‘Everton has spent £100m last year on reinforcements. Only three players – Richarlison, (Yerry) Mina and (Lucas) Digne – cost about £90m.
‘Everton are looking for great names and players from big clubs, like Barcelona.
‘Despite these immense investments, the team is currently in the 11th place. That means there will be new, big purchases (in the future).
‘I know (Everton) have decided internally that they will try to be the new Tottenham and join the biggest league clubs.’
Vlasic has stated that he would stay at CSKA on a permanent deal if the clubs can agree a fee although there are some big clubs in Italy that are interested in signing the young midfield player. It remains to be seen as to whether Marco Silva and Marcel Brands think that there is a future at Goodison Park for Vlasic despite his doubts, but he is certainly enhancing his footballing reputation with his performances for CSKA this season.