Nikola Vlasic has struggled to make an impact so far for West Ham, but his performance in the Europa League on Thursday was encouraging.
The £25m signing produced a bright performance away from home as the Hammers sealed a 2-0 victory against Rapid Vienna to secure their passage to the knockout rounds of the European competition.
According to reports from The Athletic that the 24-year-old has mainly struggled due to him not having a proper pre-season.
Vlasic produced an assist for Andriy Yarmolenko’s goal
He produced flashes of brilliance during the game and it was
a promising performance from him.
The Croatia international has struggled to force his way into the side with the likes of Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals, and Jarrod Bowen ahead of him in the pecking order.
The lack of pre-season is one of the main reasons why he has
struggled at the London club so far.
Croatia lost to Spain in the round of 16. He picked up a
knock on his return to CSKA Moscow and managed only training work ahead of the
season opener against FK Ufa.
In the Premier League, fitness plays a big part, and it seems Vlasic is playing catch-up with other forwards at the club.
However, he is a quality player. The 24-year-old got a chance
to score against Vienna but he shot over the bar before the interval.
Vlasic is unlikely to start against City, but Moyes will surely use him in the final Europa League group game.
In other West Ham news, Mark Lawrenson has predicted the outcome of the Hammers’ trip to the Etihad Stadium.
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