The Merseysiders bought the eastern European marksman from cash-strapped Rangers in the January transfer window, and Bilic feels that his former club have signed a player with potential to be one of the best attackers in the Premier League.
“I’ve known Nikica since he was a child and I watched Everton a lot, even before he came, and always imagined he’d suit them perfectly. I’ve always been quite sure about Nikica,” Bilic told The Guardian.
“They needed a guy who is not only a finisher but is also great in other areas and they have found a natural goalscorer who is great in the buildup.
“He can hold the ball up, he’s just perfect for Everton’s style. You need a bit of luck at the start, which he got and now his confidence is sky high. He never panics, he’s such a cool finisher. It doesn’t surprise me how well he’s doing.
“When I read about £20m transfers, getting him for £5m looks like a bargain. It’s great for Everton,” he stated.
By Gareth McKnight