As West Ham United caused a major upset with their Carabao Cup Last 16 victory over Manchester City at the London Stadium last night, these supporters were less than impressed with summer signing Nikola Vlasic.
David Moyes’ men, up against a side who hadn’t lost a League Cup match since 2016, appeared to have it all to do against the holders who had won every Carabao tournament since the 2017/2018 season.
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City were looking to make it five on the trot after winning consecutive finals against Arsenal, Chelsea, Aston Villa and Tottenham – but West Ham’s hugely impressive start to 2021/2022 kept going as they knocked out the Premier League champions.
Following a goalless 90 minutes where chances were spurned at both ends, the game went to a nerve-wracking penalty shoot out where Said Benrahma eventually bagged the winning spot kick.
This sends Moyes’ men into the quarter-finals and in with a real shot of winning their first piece of silverware in over 40 years.
One man who didn’t impress on a memorable night, however, was Vlasic – with the Croatia international hauled off after 62 minutes having made little impact going forward.
While he did manage a key pass, the 24-year-old lost the vast majority of his duels both on the ground and aerially combined.
Having just 34 touches, less than Irons goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, Vlasic couldn’t quite make his mark and registered zero attempts on goal – ranking in as one of West Ham’s worst performers on the night according to SofaScore.
Bearing this in mind, it’s little wonder these Hammers supporters weren’t impressed – find all of their verdicts down below.
West Ham fans slam Vlasic…
“Vlasiç just isn’t good enough to get straight into this West Ham team Lanzini and Yarmalenko invisible Lack of possession, work to do Hammers”
“At this point in time, Yarmolenko and Vlasic appear to be exactly the same player, and neither of them very good at it”
“I’ll give him time but I can see vlasic being another one that just don’t make it for us”
“Vlasic has been soooooo disappointing. Hopefully he kicks on soon”
“And Vlasic has just lost any confidence he had, just looks like a deer in headlights when he gets the ball and looks to play it safe every time.”
“That’s not been the worst half I’ve seen considering the opposition, we’ve looked pretty solid. Shame we’ve not got any goalscorers in the side. Priority in Jan HAS to be a striker. Yarmolenko/Vlasic just aren’t doing it for me. Prob go score a hat-trick now I’ve said that lol.”
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