Former West Ham United coach Nikola Jurcevic has told Croatian publication Sportske Novosti that Everton attacker Nikola Vlasic is likely going to leave the club this summer on loan.
The 20-year-old moved to Goodison Park in the summer from Hajduk Split, signing a five-year deal, but he has struggled for game time.
Despite the fact that the Toffees have been struggling for the majority of the season to find the back of the net, Vlasic has barely had a look-in.
In total, the Croatian has started just nine games in all competitions, making 16 altogether.
According to Jurcevic, the youngster could be set for a loan deal for next season.
The ex-West Ham coach told Sportske Novosti:
“It’s damaging for a young player and he needs his games to develop. And Allardyce has brought two other players this winter and it certainly doesn’t go in favour of our young player. If Vlasic’s status is not upwards before the summer, he will probably send him somewhere on loan.”
Vlasic is still a young player and has the potential to come into the team on a more regular basis in future years.
However, the attacker is unlikely to break into Sam Allardyce’s current side, with Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun ahead of him in the pecking order.
Even though some of the Everton fans have been keen for Vlasic to be given more minutes on the pitch, a loan move could be the best option.