After struggling at Everton during the 2017/18 season, Nikola Vlašić initially joined CSKA Moscow on a loan deal in 2018, before his stay there was made permanent a year later.
The 24-year-old returned to the Premier League when West Ham United took him from the Russian club in the summer, with the Hammers reportedly investing around €30m to acquire his services.
However, since arriving in the English capital, the attacking midfielder has found it hard to enjoy regular minutes, making just seven appearances, which include only one league start.
The Croatia international has been left on the bench in West Ham’s last three league matches, and his situation with David Moyes’ side means national team coach Zlatko Dalić has a ‘reason to worry’, report Index HR.
When discussing the Premier League, the outlet explains the top flight club competition in England is not forgiving and there is no time for development.
Having delighted the supporters of Croatia over the last two years, Vlašić now looks to be playing ‘without self-confidence’, likely due to his struggles at West Ham.
It’s even said the ‘burden of a new failure’ in England seems to be ‘too heavy’ for him so far.
Index HR suggest Vlašić will find it hard to enjoy regular minutes mainly because West Ham are doing well across all competitions this season.
David Moyes’ side are currently occupying the fourth spot in the table, they beat Manchester United in the EFL Cup and maintain a 100% record in the Europa League.
Indeed, the website explains Vlašić’s situation has not gone out of control, but if things don’t improve for him in the coming months, the Croatia manager will continue to have a ‘reason to worry’.