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’33 goals & 21 assists’ – Farhad Moshiri delivered a disastrous howler by selling a Croatian midfielder in 2019


Everton have made a number of signings since Farhad Moshiri joined the club six years ago, and it’s safe to say the transfer policies at the club haven’t worked out, which has led to players being let go and the club struggling to compete in the Premier League as a result, writes the FFC.

The Toffees have become renowned for making controversial decisions financially, and the days of splashing the cash on transfers have come to a head at the club with fans protesting against the owners this season now that the team is underperforming and struggling to stay in a safe position in the league table.

As well as bringing in the wrong players for the squad, Moshiri has made howlers when it comes to moving on players too, with players leaving prematurely, which could now be a decision the owner will regret if the team can’t get it together in the final months of the season and suffer their first relegation in the Premier League era, and their first relegation from the top tier in over 70 years.

One of the players that the club may have let go of prematurely is Nikola Vlasic, who joined the club back in 2017 when he caught the eye of Ronald Koeman during a summer transfer window spree of around £140m and was signed for £10m. However, it didn’t work out, as he made just 19 appearances, scoring two goals for the club before he left for CSKA Moscow in 2019.

The former Everton attacker has continued his progression ever since he left Goodison Park, cementing himself as one of the brightest European attackers in his time in Russia. Playing in a number 10 role, Vlasic scored 33 goals and delivered 21 assists to his teammates, an attacking output that Everton has seriously lacked over the past few seasons.

For instance, someone of Alex Iwobi’s calibre has managed just six goals since his £34m move from Arsenal, a pitiful return for someone who cost so much money.

Not only has the Croatian national enjoyed making an impact at club level, but he has had a huge part to play in the growing progress of his national side. His ability to replicate his attacking threat from his football in the Russian league, quickly proved that he has the capabilities to impact any team he works in, with Euro 2020 giving Vlasic the opportunity to show Everton on the international stage what they were missing.

Making 33 appearances for Croatia, the £69k-per-week midfielder, who was hailed “magnificent” by former manager Viktor Goncharenko, has scored four goals and took the opportunity to showcase his talent last summer, scoring in the 3-1 win over Scotland during the group stages, in a performance that secured them a spot in the next stage of the European competition.

Vlasic’s performance in Euro 2020 attracted interest from the Premier League, with West Ham United securing the signing of the player shortly after the tournament last summer, and now he is back in the league, Everton will surely be disappointed to have let go of Vlasic, seeing the progress he has made since his departure and will definitely see him as an asset that got away too soon.