Celtic have had a relatively quiet transfer window this summer with Odsonne Edouard the only major signing to report so far, but recent reports suggest Brendan Rodgers should be lining up the acquisition of a Premier League outcast.
Not too much was known about Edouard when he set foot at the club, but he has quickly won over the supporters by notching 3 goals and providing 1 assist from 4 Champions League qualifying matches. You would expect plenty of quality from any player arriving from PSG and Edourard has certainly not disappointed thus far.
His natural finishing ability combined with his pace off the shoulder of the last man have allowed him to hit the ground running at Celtic, and his quality in this regard should convince Rodgers to sign a new playmaker this summer, namely Nikola Vlasic.
According to The Times journalist Paul Joyce, Vlasic is one of four players who have been frozen out of the first-team squad and told to train separately by Marco Silva.
The news is hardly surprising considering the manner in which Vlasic struggled to break into the first-team on his debut season in English football, but at 20-years-old there’s no doubt that it’s too early to write him off.
Vlasic was widely-touted to grow into a fine Premier League standard player when he was rising through the ranks at youth level, and he even has 2 Croatia caps to his name despite his struggle since moving to Goodison Park.
Although he typically operates in an advanced playmaker or number ten role, Vlasic is capable of operating on both wings, so Rogers would have plenty of ways to utilise his quality if he capitalises on the situation.
But it’s his technical ability and shrewd eye for a through-ball which is perhaps most appealing about Vlasic, as his desire to play the ball in behind the opposition would certainly help Edouard to thrive next season.
On the evidence of Vlasic’s current situation, there’s almost no doubt that he is surplus to requirements and will be allowed to leave the club this summer, whether on a season-long loan deal or a cut-price permanent transfer.
Either way, he is certainly worth a small gamble for Celtic this summer, so Rodgers should pursue the rising playmaker in order to boost his new star striker.
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