West Ham United maintained their 100% win record in the Europa League with a stunning 3-0 victory over Genk at the London Stadium on Thursday night.
Goals from Craig Dawson, Issa Diop and Jarrod Bowen clinched a resounding victory and that will give the team plenty of confidence heading into this weekend’s London derby with Tottenham Hotspur, an encounter which often brings goals.
However, for all the positives from the match, the form of summer signing Nikola Vlasic must be a major cause for concern at this stage. He did his chances of starting in the Premier League anytime soon no favours whatsoever.
If you could pick fault with anything on Thursday, then it would have to be the Croatian playmaker, who went missing for large parts of the match before being hooked with seven minutes to go.
As per SofaScore, the 23-year-old maestro, signed from CSKA Moscow a few months ago, was the Irons’ lowest-rated starter (6.7), and it is easy to see why.
With such little influence, the £27m-rated star failed to register a shot on goal, managed only one successful dribble and did not create a single chance, something he has been brought in to do specifically.
Elsewhere, he was weak in his battles, winning only 46% of his duels (six on the ground, one aerially). He also committed three fouls and lost possession ten times, once every five touches, via SofaScore.
‘[Vlasic] barely featured in the game during the opening 45 minutes, improved slightly after the break but did nothing to further his cause for a start against Tottenham on the weekend,’ is exactly how football.london reporter Tom Clark described the former Everton flop’s performance on the night.
Indeed the 31-cap passenger was largely anonymous and was by no means a standout at the London Stadium. He’ll do well to start again anytime soon.
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