The Croatian international joined the Blues in August last year from Hajduk Split in what had the potential to be a dream move but it quickly soured as the club's season came off the rails under Ronald Koeman and Vlasic was largely ignored by interim boss, Sam Allardyce.
In a conversation with Marco Silva this past summer, it was made clear to the 21-year-old that he would struggle for consistent playing time in the first team and the decision was taken to send him out on loan.
CSKA duly signed him and Vlasic has been a revelation in Russia, scoring seven goals in 19 appearances, including some crucial goals in the Champions League, one of them the winner over holders Real Madrid.
While Silva's hopes and plans for the player over the long term aren't clear, Vlasic himself has been speaking of how happy he is in Moscow and that he regards CSKA as home now.
“I am very happy and glad I'm at CSKA," he told Bob Soccer. "I truly believe that I am at home, this is my team, and if the decision depended only on me, it would be a very easy choice. I'd say yes and remain a CSKA footballer, but, unfortunately, there are several other interested parties.
“It's particularly necessary to understand Everton's position, how it relates to the situation, what they think. It's not up to me. Let's wait until the summer and see what the decision is.”
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1 Posted 11/12/2018 at 19:24:08
2 Posted 11/12/2018 at 19:33:06
3 Posted 11/12/2018 at 19:33:48
4 Posted 11/12/2018 at 19:44:16
5 Posted 11/12/2018 at 19:44:24
6 Posted 11/12/2018 at 20:20:08
7 Posted 11/12/2018 at 20:55:26
We're covered on his position, so why spend on another player, when we've got one with possible potential. If we get Lozano and that kind of player, surely we will sell from the first team, and not a young loaned out player.
8 Posted 11/12/2018 at 21:18:47
Try loaning him to another Premier League side to get experience and see how he stands up.
9 Posted 11/12/2018 at 22:55:51
10 Posted 12/12/2018 at 00:06:52
Translated: I'm going to blame Everton for leaving because I won't accept the severe paycut it would take for me to stay, because it's all about the money.
11 Posted 12/12/2018 at 00:11:24
12 Posted 11/12/2018 at 01:51:43
13 Posted 12/12/2018 at 02:11:43
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Former England captain and DC United midfielder Wayne Rooney has visited the White House, the home of US President Donald Trump, for a Christmas party.
The 33-year-old was pictured with Trump's 12-year-old son Barron, who is a football fan and has played for DC's youth team.
Manchester United's record scorer Rooney moved to the US capital to join DC from Everton in June.
He scored 12 goals as they reached the MLS play-offs in November.
It was reported that Rooney was accompanied by wife Coleen and his four sons and they were given a guided tour.
14 Posted 12/12/2018 at 02:19:35
I'll guess he's been told he's surplus to need and wants to keep his career moving. Which is fair all-round.
We have 14 players out on loan with only Ashley Williams dropping off the books this Summer. Vlasic thru 2022.
So if he and the Club are happy with it, let's move him along. No hard feelings, everyone's happy.
It would be fine with me if we hear like comments from all of our loaned-out players — except young Henry Onyekuru.
15 Posted 12/12/2018 at 02:44:17
He could provide real competition for Sigurdsson, who has none, whilst he could also be an alternative to the still-failing-to-impact-games Bernard.
I was impressed by him last season in a woeful Koeman team, then Big Sam Allardyce imposed his "I'd prefer 28-year-olds or older, who have played in the Premier League 200 times over any youngster, no matter the form or results" policy and he got shafted.
Those judging him, despite his horrific treatment and experience at our beloved club, should look through his eyes.
At the 'great Everton, in the Premier League', he got dropped and ignored, whilst the likes of Rooney, and Bolasie got chosen ahead of him. As a result, he missed out on the World Cup, and with hindsight, the chance to play in a World Cup final.
Now, he is playing, scoring against the European Champions along the way, receiving rave reviews, and back in his nation's squad and getting caps.
Yet, it is us who talk badly of him? Considering everything, he is still rather respectful. And I feel the lad will have a big career, probably away from us, but I hope we can convince him to stay, because talent he has.
16 Posted 12/12/2018 at 02:50:48
Why so much bitterness about him stating the obvious?
17 Posted 12/12/2018 at 02:53:46
I think the reason Sigurdsson has no competition is Silva's reluctance to mix it up. Lookman or Bernard could play Sigurdsson's position, but Silva is sticking to his front line... rigidly so.
18 Posted 12/12/2018 at 03:18:59
On the playing front, he's producing the goods in the league he's in; as his parent club, we can't ask no more.
He's gone abroad to get playing time and if he doesn't figure in Silva's plans, well, so be it, but I'd like to see him play in an Everton shirt again as I think the lad has something about him.
19 Posted 12/12/2018 at 08:06:02
IMO he's much better and better suited than Sandro. Good talent but attitude and work ethic needs improving.
20 Posted 12/12/2018 at 13:34:28
Spot on, mate, the lad wasn't playing at us last season, was allowed to leave by the current manager, and is now playing Champions League football and has just secured Player of the Month for the 3rd month on the run! I can't understand the bitterness shown to Vlasic.
Hopefully his loan deal puts him in good stead to come back to the Blues (as Lookman has) and fight for Bernard's or Sigurdsson's position.
There's certainly a player there somewhere.
21 Posted 12/12/2018 at 15:43:34
Ahh... it would be nice to hear those words from our own loanee from Barcelona now, wouldn't it?
22 Posted 12/12/2018 at 23:05:08
Seems like he's doing something right.
23 Posted 12/12/2018 at 23:23:27
24 Posted 12/12/2018 at 23:50:44
But as Vlasic is doing well in Russia, and especially in their Champios League games, is there a place for him at Everton next season? We used him on the wing, but he's mostly been playing as a #10 in Russia from what I heard?
25 Posted 13/12/2018 at 00:12:30
26 Posted 13/12/2018 at 00:17:13
27 Posted 13/12/2018 at 01:15:10
28 Posted 13/12/2018 at 02:04:28
19 appearances? A total of 1000 minutes? Playing for three different managers, out of position, in a total train wreck of a season? All at the age of 20?
Had his chance — my left nut.
If you didn't see how he played today, pull the game up online and watch it. I guarantee you will be impressed. He's taking his chance right now. And I say we need to bring him back this summer. And give him a real shot.
29 Posted 13/12/2018 at 02:51:47
30 Posted 13/12/2018 at 03:11:10
From the noises Vlasic was making last season through his dad and sister, in the event that he had stayed this season and he'd have had as much game time as Dowell, we would have had one unhappy player on our hands.
We need a striker. A swap deal with Inter for their Brazilian, Barbosa, or sell him for double bubble – £18m. I don't want an unhappy player back at Finch Farm. For me, either of the aforementioned deals will be very good business.
The remote possibility of keeping him next season will surely mean Dowell is moved on to the highest bidder.
31 Posted 13/12/2018 at 04:11:23
Lookman got over it. Vlasic would too. I think Silva has that effect on people.
32 Posted 13/12/2018 at 05:25:52
What do you think of Tosun?
33 Posted 13/12/2018 at 07:06:06
Utterly staggering. Im pretty much lost for words at how stupid a comment that is. The reasons, although obvious enough, have been pointed out by others.
Lets judge all players by the age of 20 when theyre not picked regularly and the team as a whole is playing poorly.
After all, there are no examples ever in the history of football of players having a poor spell of form, or struggling to adapt, but then making significant improvements and becoming top class players. That has definitely never, ever happened.
34 Posted 13/12/2018 at 07:21:08
Also, if there was a turn around in Vlasics attitude and he stayed next season, where does that leave Dowell?? Dowell's nowhere near the team as it is. If Vlasic returns, my bet would be that he would be sold. I don't think Dowell has much left to run on his existing contract.
35 Posted 13/12/2018 at 11:15:11
It's all very well saying that the Russian league is third tier, but to outplay Real at the Bernabeu, although Real are not exactly at their best, is still some feat.
It's a difficult decision for Marcel Brands to make come the summer, but that may also depend on how many other suitors throw their hats in the ring, and for how much.
I don't think it was any secret that the lad wasn't overly happy after his transfer, but like MG said he had three different managers playing him in different positions, so there was no settled run for him to show his worth.
He appears to like it in Moscow, or playing for CSKA, it's a difficult one really, he has age on his side, we would be kicking ourselves if we let him go for a moderate sum and he turns out to be World Class. If he stayed with us, he would be back up for Richarlison surely, and spend more bench time than playing time.
36 Posted 13/12/2018 at 11:16:43
When he played against us in the Europa League he played as a number ten and stood out on the pitch despite us winning. Granted playing in a poor league but he's won Player of the Month, three months running, has been scoring goals and making assists and has just done the double over Real Madrid scoring the winner in one and assisting a goal in the other.
However people seem to prefer keeping Dowell? Based on what exactly? Everytime I've seen the lad play, he's been a luxury player who has one nice pass and then does absolutely nothing for half-an-hour and based on his loan move to Forest last season, despite starting well, the fans wanted him dropped for over half the season as he was lazy and didn't actually do that much.
Vlasic is far superior to Dowell at this moment in time and, just in my opinion, we would be fools for selling him. I'm fairly certain if he keeps improving physically too, he will be ready for the Premier League next season.
37 Posted 13/12/2018 at 12:15:32
I wonder if having overpaid so greatly for Sigurdsson has put us in a bind somewhat? Does Silva feel required to play him? The Icelander has been much better this season and probably one of our best players but I do sometime wonder if having a quicker player in that position, someone able to beat a man, would open up this system offensively for us?
I'd be interested, certainly against weaker opposition or at Goodison, to see Sigurdsson played alongside Gomes (who would maybe sit a little deeper) with Vlasic (or Bernard) in that AMC role.
38 Posted 13/12/2018 at 12:25:18
IMO, he ain't good enough for a top-6 team, and he doesn't fit into the style of play we are trying to adopt. I imagine that at a team like Palace or Newcastle he would do a decent job, score about 10-12 goals a season and fair play to him.
So it would suit all parties if he were moved on.
39 Posted 13/12/2018 at 13:13:38
He has stuck the last few weeks with Walcott who has been way below par, and as many have suggested, with our shortage of genuine goalscorers up front, why not try him there?
Like you say with Vlasic, he doesn't seem to have given the lad many opportunities, yet he is pulling up trees in Russia, a strange one to say the least.
40 Posted 14/12/2018 at 06:14:55
How come a lot on here are saying we need more goals from other players other than Richarlison and Sigurdsson yet you think Vlasic ain't good enough for us but claim he would get 10 to 12 goals for the Barcodes or Palace... why not get 12 goals for us?
41 Posted 14/12/2018 at 13:41:55
42 Posted 14/12/2018 at 16:01:37
Look at it this way. Vlasic and Dowell are exactly the same age (six days apart). Can you imagine Dowell ripping up the Bernabeu the way Vlasic did the other day? No, neither can I.
43 Posted 15/12/2018 at 01:31:20
This is reflected in his appearances when either playing a cameo role for us, or whilst on loan, he is one of these players, you know he is part of the 11, but where is he? He morphs into Houdini too often!
44 Posted 15/12/2018 at 15:48:04
45 Posted 19/12/2018 at 09:37:41
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