Sam Allardyce says that Nikola Vlasic is one of the young players of whom much is expected next season after falling out of the first-team reckoning lately.
The promising young Croatian made a positive start to his career at Goodison Park after joining from Hajduk Split at the end of August, that despite the rest of the side struggling through the final weeks of Ronald Koeman's reign as Everton manager.
Used infrequently by interim boss David Unsworth as he tried to settle the team, Vlasic has been ignored by Sam Allardyce since his last start on New Year's Day against Manchester United, joining the ranks of younger players like Ademola Lookman and Mason Holgate who have lost their place in the senior side.
Allardyce points to the number of young players who have turned out for the Blues this season but admits that not all of them are benefitting from regular action.
Where Vlasic is concerned, he tacitly acknowledges that the 20-year-old is unlikely to get much more game time this season because of the need to focus on seeing the club to Premier League safety and that he will have to be patient.
“It's been a difficult season for him,” Allardyce said of Vlasic. “We've had so many young players [and] those players have come out with an awful lot of credit this season for what they have actually achieved and what they have actually done.
“Unfortunately, some of the more senior players haven't hit the heights that, certainly, I would have expected on a consistent basis.
“So, when you talk about Vlasic, it's another young player and their confidence may suffer. It's his first season here and next season we would like to see more of those young talents flourish.
“The disappointing thing for that young talent is some of it is playing and some of it isn't,” Allardyce continued, speaking more broadly about the breadth of youth at Everton and the need to monitor its progress.
“At the moment in time, more of it is not playing so that is a great concern for us because development for them is about them playing at those teams on loan that are not as good as Everton, so that gives us an indication about where their development is.
“For me, we keep an eye on those all the time. The system is in place to monitor all those players but my main focus is week in and week out to try and get another result, to the end of the season and then look at the overall structure of the football club and try to get it better going forward.
“A lot of change is why the club is in the position it's in at the moment. Certainly, I've got to bring stability to the club in the hope of pushing forward.”
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1 Posted 07/03/2018 at 08:09:18
2 Posted 07/03/2018 at 08:14:52
3 Posted 07/03/2018 at 08:22:00
4 Posted 07/03/2018 at 08:22:52
5 Posted 07/03/2018 at 08:35:10
6 Posted 07/03/2018 at 08:41:21
7 Posted 07/03/2018 at 08:44:33
The RedShite wouldn't put up with this situation. Why is Everton?
8 Posted 07/03/2018 at 09:07:26
Unless we get into a relegation scrap, and I highly doubt we will, Moshiri will give Fat Sam a whole transfer window and next season to prove himself and hopefully Vlasic is part of his plan, as well as Lookman and Klaassen.
9 Posted 07/03/2018 at 09:09:09
10 Posted 07/03/2018 at 09:10:43
11 Posted 07/03/2018 at 09:27:56
Rarely is there a poll on TW so one-sided as to get shot of this buffoon.
12 Posted 07/03/2018 at 09:40:40
He has persisted with playing Williams when we all could see he has lost his form and confidence. he has consistently played Martina at left back when we can all see he is easily dragged out of position. he consistently include Schneiderlin another player massively low in confidence and out of form.
Bolasie is nowhere near fit enough; he plays Calvert-Lewin out wide and Davies centrally in midfield, both out of their favoured positions? And he plays (probably our best player and I'm not faulting him) Rooney in a deep central midfield position!
We have young players like Vlasic, Holgate, Baningime, Kenny, Calvert-Lewin, Davies, all have played exceptionally well in their favoured positions when called upon, but the moment a so-called senior player becomes available, he changes things to fit them in! He sent out Lookman on loan when all he needed was a run in the team to build his confidence.
He doesn't seem to have any trust for the younger players, and thinks playing older senior players will get him a clean sheet?
As for his tactics, lots to be said on that, for another thread, I think!
13 Posted 07/03/2018 at 09:55:38
14 Posted 07/03/2018 at 10:00:53
If I'm reading this correctly, he is saying that some of the senior players haven't hit the heights, ie, have been poor, some of the young players have come out with a lot of credit, ie, have done well, so the young players can't be trusted.
The official site reported last week that Allardyce had played 13 under 21 players in the first team this season, as a 'see, he does trust young players' argument. 7 were involved in Unsworth's last game v West Ham, another 5 were introduced in the Limassol away game (3 in last 10 minutes) that Allardyce didn't attend plus Morgan Feeney, who Unsworth had given a debut too as well. Hardly warrants the 'Praise the Lord, he plays the kids' label.
Young players learning their trade, plus Klaassen, are probably better off playing in U23s with Unsworth, rather than under this buffoon. He can't even coach a team to defend a corner. Step 1: Mark the 6ft-3in centre-forward.
15 Posted 07/03/2018 at 10:01:15
For Sam to get the gig next season as well he will need to get at least 21 points from the remaining games, and that is being realistic. 7 of our remaining games are winnable. In fact I would go so far as to say our final fixtures of the season are the diametric opposite of the opening fixtures. That is the only way he can crawl slightly back into favour with the fan base. Moshiri will know that.
If he can achieve that and entertain us at the same time even I would be a little swayed but I'm also hoping for my Euromillions to come in.
16 Posted 07/03/2018 at 10:08:10
17 Posted 07/03/2018 at 10:09:24
This hardly squares with Allardyce's statement above that “For me, we keep an eye on those all the time. The system is in place to monitor all those players."
18 Posted 07/03/2018 at 10:12:59
Probably just off to watch a game.
19 Posted 07/03/2018 at 10:18:00
20 Posted 07/03/2018 at 11:05:12
Also, like nearly all our players, he doesn't have the size, strength and speed to succeed in this league.
21 Posted 07/03/2018 at 11:10:02
You mean baboon?
22 Posted 07/03/2018 at 11:13:17
Let's hope they are meeting Moshiri and Kenwright in London to be officially be given their P45s. We don't play Spurs again this season so it can't be to watch them, and I can't see us signing any of the Spurs or Juventus players.
23 Posted 07/03/2018 at 11:22:45
24 Posted 07/03/2018 at 11:24:08
"All I ever see him do is receive the ball on the wing, run forward a bit and then stop and pass sideways or backwards."
So, he does just what every one of our outfield players does: Baines, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Sigurdsson, Davies etc. When they're not hoofing the ball skywards that is.
Maybe if the lad had some options when he gets the ball, he might show some consistency. A bit of movement upfront would do for a start.
I think, like some of our other young players, that in a good team he'd look like the good player/prospect he is.
25 Posted 07/03/2018 at 11:27:52
26 Posted 07/03/2018 at 11:34:58
27 Posted 07/03/2018 at 11:36:01
What's the optimum size, strength, and speed for a player to succeed in this league? Do you have to have all three assets?
David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Xherdan Shaqiri (to name a few) seem to do pretty well.
28 Posted 07/03/2018 at 11:58:02
Got to be honest it was my first thought. I went into full detective mode.
Missed training Do they train on Wednesdays?
London bound bit early for a night game. (Trains gets in 12:10 ish)
Looks frazzled yes, but so do I...
Steve Walsh turns up as well a double whammy.
Couldn't see an overnight bag that's a clincher.
Ha ha probably just a scheduled meeting or a chance to watch some proper football, who knows..
29 Posted 07/03/2018 at 12:35:33
Oh, hang on, he hasn't even made it to 10 yet and how many starts?
He has been thrown in occasionally in a side bereft of any hope or spirit and the fact that he is able to receive the ball and move with it beats about 60% of our senior players to date.
30 Posted 07/03/2018 at 13:06:54
Let's hope they're on their way to see Moshiri to get their P45s.
31 Posted 07/03/2018 at 13:28:06
That is what I was trying to say really. The likelihood of Sam & Everton achieving whatever it would take to keep him the gig is as likely as my Euromillions coming in.... and I don't even buy a ticket.
So I think we're safe from the loon next season.
32 Posted 07/03/2018 at 15:32:35
33 Posted 07/03/2018 at 15:36:29
Tosun or Calvert-Lewin
34 Posted 07/03/2018 at 16:01:57
Worrying, very worrying.
35 Posted 07/03/2018 at 16:35:42
36 Posted 07/03/2018 at 16:40:19
The reason why there are so many players favouring their right foot over their left is down to those who bought these players in the first place, by not knowing their right foot from their left.
37 Posted 07/03/2018 at 17:45:13
1) Finishing top 10 from where he picked up the job is not a bad recovery if you want to stay in the job;
2) The experienced players with game time are going to attract (okay, limited) interest next seaon in terms of transfer fees. For example, we could get close to £20m for Schneiderlin because of his career record, but that won't happen with any of the youngsters, some of whom we probably overpaid for. If the seniors are not playing nor in and around the squad, they won't command the sort of fee we should be looking for, considering our investment;
3) Can we (supporters, who only have matchday eyes to view them) actually judge how the young players are developing, coping with a difficult situation, raring to go, confused, homesick, poor attitude, whatever... when he sees them five or six days per week? It is a risk to throw them in for a couple of games, because it might have an even bigger effect on them when he takes them off or drops them for the next game – see comments on ToffeeWeb.
4) The club clearly want Unsworth and the U23s to perform well, and so virtually run the first team and the U23s as two separate entities. Either Sam has sensed this, and is complying with the policy, or got a feel of what's required, or was told this was the way the club wanted it to go, and is respecting that. So he's trimming his first team squad to release players for Unsworth's end of season run-in.
5) Maybe the youngsters are so inconsistent in training (see point 3 above) that, at the age and career stage he is, Sam believes it is better to stick with what you know, or think you know, from performances he sees in training in the week. And don't forget he has a very experienced back-up team, so he's not making these decisions in isolation.
6) See also point 2 above. This may sound ludicrous, but could you have too many youngsters? Or rather, too many youngsters of the same calibre? We could probably name two separate teams (if you include those out on loan) of players under 23, but even then we would probably be shoehorning many of them into positions that aren't their very best. For instance, this thread started about Vlasic and there is no agreement as to what his best position is.
In other words, the club is unbalanced, position-wise, from top to bottom, probably because of the policy outlined in point 4 above not being implemented properly. The blame here lies with the Director of Football.
For example, for the U23s, Calvert-Lewin would appear to be an Unsworth recruit, Lookman via Walsh. We can all cite examples for Martinez - Walsh and Koeman - Walsh periods.
That's the trouble when, to quote Bill from the AGM, you have an owner who always says yes.
38 Posted 07/03/2018 at 17:53:45
"I've got to bring stability to the club" he spouts. Just go man, for Christ's sake just go. That would be a good start towards stabilising the club.
39 Posted 07/03/2018 at 18:03:12
40 Posted 07/03/2018 at 18:19:45
For that alone, he should of had his hippo head removed from his smug body.
41 Posted 07/03/2018 at 18:44:19
Wins an award in my book!
43 Posted 07/03/2018 at 18:45:09
44 Posted 07/03/2018 at 18:50:06
45 Posted 07/03/2018 at 18:50:47
47 Posted 07/03/2018 at 20:00:45
If so take a bow young man 👏👏👏
Material of the highest order, ha ha ha.
48 Posted 07/03/2018 at 20:08:51
49 Posted 07/03/2018 at 20:19:04
50 Posted 07/03/2018 at 20:50:51
51 Posted 07/03/2018 at 20:53:23
If the recent allegation is true of five or so senior squad members not giving a tinker's cuss's about anyone associated with the club, many of them still being selected to play presumably, can you imagine what the likes of Vlasic, Lookman, Holgate, Calvert-Lewin etc must be thinking as they seek to develop their own careers?
They presumably signed on to be part of a winning club at last taking steps to winning trophies, as publicly promised by Mosh. Instead they find huge holes in the squad with little or no effort made to fill those holes even in January, by the board/DoF they showed faith in by signing for us. Then they get saddled by a new manager whose short-term contract requires avoiding relegation and little more, the mode of football being Neanderthal to do it.
Many of these lads before they signed for us will have attracted interest from football clubs with proper footballing principles and management/coaches to develop them into the top players they all should be seeking to be. Will anyone in "Football World" still be looking with anticipation at the prospect of signing for the sorry state Everton have now visibly become?
I doubt it, sadly.
52 Posted 07/03/2018 at 23:25:32
The matinee performance of The Mousetrap, followed by a finger buffet at Westminster Temperance Institute, washed down with various flavours of Lucozade. Train back to Limey then a swift half in Ma Edge's.
53 Posted 07/03/2018 at 23:50:29
54 Posted 08/03/2018 at 09:50:38
55 Posted 08/03/2018 at 10:03:41
Sam Out. Raus. Fuera. Fukovski etc.
56 Posted 08/03/2018 at 10:58:35
Sam, Moshiri, the Board... explain the goings on this season, explain with 9 games to go, where we are going to get the required points to stay in the Premier League?
Talking about players of the future and next season is not needed now; what is needed now is a calm head, hard work, and playing strategies for each game to ensure we stay in this league.
Talk about the future and players in June.
57 Posted 08/03/2018 at 11:10:11
58 Posted 08/03/2018 at 11:22:21
It makes for scary reading I for one don't have the same confidence as others that he will be automatically sacked as soon as this season is over.
If Fat Sam and Steve Walsh have tag teamed Farhad and fed him all the bullshit they are well capable of then it might be that he sticks with these two fraudsters which is just unthinkable. So we as loyal passionate supporters of our great club have to make sure Farhad knows we will not accept this.
The headline in the echo is; Sam Allardyce in talks with Farhad Moshiri and wants to stay for the "long term". Very scary indeed. Unthinkable... but with our club's record very believable?
59 Posted 08/03/2018 at 11:53:41
I suppose Sam has to give the impression that he wants to stay for the long-term, else the short-term may see a continuance of Everton's form since Christmas. However, I wonder if Moshiri is going to be as stubborn as Bill and stand by his man? I'm not sure how the fans will react if Sam stays past the Summer but how will they react if Moshiri extends Sam's contract past next season.
It would be a major gamble by the majority shareholder to ignore the concerns of the supporters, but he may also think, "I have listened to the supporters on two previous occasions and it has dented the club's bank balance significantly, so this time I will do what is best for me"?
60 Posted 08/03/2018 at 12:19:16
61 Posted 08/03/2018 at 12:38:57
Let's face it our board are clueless... do you trust them to make a right decision?
I am afraid, very afraid.
62 Posted 08/03/2018 at 13:02:57
63 Posted 08/03/2018 at 13:05:57
It just wouldn't surprise me with our club. As I have said many times before, it can't get any worse can it? Lo and behold, Everton never let me down and does just that.
I hope you are right but waiting and watching if it does just doesn't sit right with me so, if we get safe I will vacate my seat until at least Fat Sam has gone.
Even if it's just me who does this, then at least I have made my point and backed up what I believe is right for our club. I have no issues at all with supporters who choose not to. I just hope they don't regret it come May.
64 Posted 08/03/2018 at 13:17:15
I know Moshiri's football knowledge is debatable but even he won't put up with this for much longer.
65 Posted 08/03/2018 at 13:35:54
"Of course I want to remain here beyond this season. I came out of retirement to take a job at a club with a big history. We have to excite the fans.
"I'm having talks with him (Moshiri) but that is confidential. It is my responsibility to get the team to play to the level they can play. I think when they play their best we can give anyone a game."
66 Posted 08/03/2018 at 13:53:28
67 Posted 08/03/2018 at 14:03:59
68 Posted 08/03/2018 at 14:12:25
69 Posted 08/03/2018 at 14:22:17
Is it because, you vile twat, they gave you the truth last week and you think you're above it? Is that why you smiled with your head down whilst walking shamefully off the pitch? Also, laughing like we are stupid when asked what the fuck you was playing at when bringing Sigurdsson off?
I never disliked the previous two managers before you. I just thought they weren't up to the job. But you, I can't fucking stand. I despise everything about you and I am ashamed you are our manager. I never wanted you anywhere near our club, you rat.
Maybe, and it's just a suggestion but, this Saturday, we can show Sam by singing the same songs as last week, we feel the same as the away fans as we are all part of the same great club, you rat.
71 Posted 08/03/2018 at 16:32:03
The sooner Kenwright leaves Everton, the better, then we can get rid of the so-called Director of Football and the other useless morons and get someone in who can spend the owner's money wisely. I hate that man as much as I love Everton!
72 Posted 08/03/2018 at 17:03:56
I don't care if we are walking that game at half time, or go on to win it, I will look forward to seeing him cringe as he heads towards that tunnel. You can almost reach out and touch anyone walking into the tunnel if you are right in the corner. Best do what you did for the away game in Cyprus, Sam, and throw a sickie.
73 Posted 08/03/2018 at 17:28:05
The 4% on the ToffeeWeb poll don't have to sing, okay? So everyone is happy?
74 Posted 08/03/2018 at 17:46:09
75 Posted 09/03/2018 at 10:36:14
The senior pro's in the squad are either falling to bits and no longer good enough or up to now have been shocking signings for big money that have produced garbage or scraps and that's under how many managers?
I have not been impressed at all by Allardyce but this notion that we change manager yet again and suddenly become a Club challenging the top six is fantasy.
Most of this squad did help to finish 7th but in a Premier League were a handful of points separate 7th from 16th. In reality we were far closer to being a mid table side than breaking into the top six and changing managers two or three times a season won't change that.
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