According to the club’s official website, Nikola Vlasic has left Everton to join CSKA Moscow on loan for the entirety of the 2018/19 season. The 20-year-old only made the move to Goodison Park 12 months ago after impressing at Croatian outfit Hajduk Split, yet the attacker struggled to command regular football at the Premier League side last season to throw his future at the club into doubt ahead of the summer.
And the Croatia international has indeed sealed a move away from Everton for the coming season, and with Vlasic gone, fellow Toffees teammate Ademola Lookman, valued at £10.8 million by Transfermarkt, must seek to follow him out of Goodison Park this month.
Ultimately, 20-year-old Vlasic impressed in Everton’s clash with Hajduk Split in qualification for the Europa League prior to last season to prompt the club to land the attacker, and while he was in and around the team in the first half of the campaign, he ended the season with just 19 appearances to his name, of which only 11 were starts.
And following the arrival of Richarlison from Watford during the summer window, alongside the plethora of attacking options already available to Silva, Vlasic’s first team prospects looked bleak heading into this season – as do those of England Under-20 World Cup winner Lookman.
The 20-year-old made the move to Goodison Park back in January 2017 and hit the ground running immediately by netting on his debut against Manchester City, yet that is about as good as it has got for the attacker.
And that’s because the former Charlton Athletic sensation has added just 23 further appearances for the Toffees in the last 18 months to suggest that he is some way down the pecking order at Goodison Park, and failure to make the matchday squad against Wolves on Saturday further emphasises his need to get out of the club before the month is out.
And having excelled at RB Leipzig last season, netting five goals and laying on four assists in just 11 games for the Bundesliga side, it’s clear that Lookman has huge potential just waiting to be unlocked.
But it doesn’t look like happening at Everton anytime soon, and with Lookman in need of regular football to develop as the attacker his potential suggests he could be, he must seek to follow Vlasic’s lead by leaving Goodison Park this month.
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