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Everton hit the jackpot with Nikola Vlasic sale

Everton under Farhad Moshiri have been one of the more notorious big spenders in the Premier League, particularly around the early stages of his reign.

The Iranian, clearly in an attempt to make a statement, entrusted Ronald Koeman with a treasure chest of riches during the summer of 2017.

With over £182m spent, the Dutchman had brought in all kinds of players.

There were players to have an instant impact, players in their prime and players for the future.

With regard to the latter, Nikola Vlasic was expected to uphold that end of that bargain having joined from Hadjuk Split after impressing.

Signed for £10m, he struggled to make an impact during a tumultuous era spanning numerous managers. Despite making just 19 appearances, he would eventually be sold for £14m, a slight profit on a disappointing venture.

However, he has recently made a sensational return back to the Premier League with West Ham United, who saw fit to fork out £26.8m on the Croatian.

A large fee for someone who had already shown a history of failure in England, former CSKA Moscow coach Valery Gazzaev clearly agreed. He claimed: “Vlasic behaves like he is allowed to do anything. He belittles himself – it means that he is simply not worth that kind of money.”

A rather damning assessment from the Russian.

Although handed few chances, there was a reason why he was not a success at Goodison Park.

Given slightly more time at the Hammers, in his 31 games for them he managed just one goal and two assists before being promptly shifted out on loan.

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Everton's Richarlison celebrates scoring their first goal

Firstly, where did Everton finish in the Premier League?

Three goals in his opening nine games for Torino does mark a decent return, so it is clear that English football is just a step too far for him.

Although at the time it seemed like desperation to cut their losses, to get a £4m profit on this unproven youngster, especially given his current standing, marks fine value for Everton.

He has talent, but the fact of the matter remains that he is a Premier League outcast who has failed at two different clubs now.

The 25-year-old will likely succeed in various European countries, but England seems a step too far. It, therefore, makes Moshiri’s decision to cash in when he did a smart one.

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