West Ham‘s signing of Nikola Vlasic has proven to be a disaster and following the summer addition of Lucas Paqueta, David Moyes must get ensure that he gets rid of the Croatian.
The Hammers paid £26m to sign Vlasic from CSKA Moscow last summer but his first season at the London Stadium was a hugely disappointing one, as he managed just one goal and two assists in all competitions.
This works out at around £8.6m per goal and assist, which represents terrible business by GSB, especially as he is now on loan with Torino in Serie A, where he has already exceeded his goal tally with the Hammers, scoring three goals in six appearances for Il Toro.
According to ExWHUemployee (via West Ham Zone), Vlasic earns £70k-per-week at West Ham, which suggests that he has been even more of a waste of money and the club should definitely look to move him on permanently, otherwise they risk paying him to sit on the bench until his contract with the Hammers expires in 2026.
Fortunately for Moyes, Torino hold an option to buy the Croatia international, so he will be hoping that he can continue his fine start to the season and convince the Serie A side to pay the necessary fee to sign him permanently.
It was definitely a strange decision from GSB to spend so much on Vlasic when you consider that he had contributed just two goals in 19 appearances during a spell with Everton, while his form at CSKA Moscow was impressive, as he hit 33 goals in 108 appearances but definitely did not justify such a large fee.
Paqueta, by comparison, would manage 21 goals and 14 assists in 80 appearances playing at a higher level with Lyon, while fellow summer addition Maxwel Cornet scored nine Premier League goals in a relegated Burnley side.
Therefore, it seems unlikely that Vlasic would be able to ever force his way back into Moyes’ plans, and considering his disappointing performances and the excessive fee West Ham paid, this signing must go down as a nightmare by GSB which Moyes must put an end to as soon as possible.