Former West Ham coach Nikola Jurcevic has shared that he believes Sam Allardyce will opt to loan out Everton’s Nikola Vlasic next season.
Jurcevic in an interview with Croatian publication Sportske Novosti revealed that he thought as the club signed Cenk Tosun and Theo Walcott in January, then Vlasic would need to go out on loan.
“Vlasic had a great start, he even started to make use of the starting opportunity, but then he disappeared,” said Jurcevic, who worked under Slaven Bilic at the Hammers.
“It’s damaging for a young player and he needs 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.”
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has made 21 appearances for the Toffees this season, but only nine of his outings have been in the Premier League.
Vlasic arrived at the Toffees in the summer and has failed to cement himself as a first-team regular. The 20-year-old is clearly talented and has shown glimpses of what he can do this season, but it would be clearly for the best if he went out on loan. Vlasic needs regular football in order to keep improving, as he’s at an age where his development depends on it. While it’s disappointing that he can’t get regular games at Goodison Park, a loan move could see him having a chance of breaking into the Toffees first-team in the near future. Allardyce should look to loan Vlasic to another Premier League team or a Championship side, as his failure to feature seems to have been caused by him needing to adapt to English football.