Vlasic: Blues Stars Will Help Me Hit Another Level

Nikola Vlasic says there is “no measure” for the extent to which Everton’s “big stars” can help him improve.

Vlasic moved to Goodison Park from Hajduk Split last month after twice excelling for the Croatians against Everton when the teams clashed in a two-leg Europa League tie this season.

The 19-year-old has rapidly adapted to his new surroundings and his energetic, progressive performance in Atalanta on an otherwise poor night for his team drew praise from boss Ronald Koeman.

Vlasic continued in the same sparkling vein when Everton beat Sunderland in the Carabao Cup last week.

But the ambitious teenager is in no mood to stand still and intends to tap into the experience of Goodison’s vast talent pool to help him refine his game.

“I know the big stars who came this summer, players like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney, Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford… and more,” Vlasic told evertontv.

“There is no measure for how much they can improve me. I want to learn from them and become a better player and person.

“These players have already done things in life that I want to achieve.

“The ambition of the Club is to ultimately play in the Champions League and I want to help achieve that goal.

“I believe in myself and in this team – I think we can do great things together.”

Vlasic made his Everton debut when he came off the bench in the home defeat by Tottenham earlier this month and immediately made an impression with his willingness to carry the ball and run at opponents.

Those same attributes stood out in the teenager’s subsequent displays against Atalanta and Sunderland.

And the Croat is promising Evertonians can expect more of the same from him whenever he is called upon by boss Ronald Koeman.

“I want to play with the ball,” said Vlasic. “I move a lot and I like to dribble. I think the fans will enjoy my style of play. I scored a lot of goals in Croatia but now I want to start scoring in the Premier League.

“When a manager like Ronald Koeman wants you, there is no need to talk about it much. It is the opportunity of a lifetime.

“I know how big Everton is. The Premier League is the best league in the world and this is a top-five club in England.

“I started playing first-team football from a very young age.

“There were ups and downs but I’m very happy to be in this place and I am very thankful. I have played a lot of games but the Premier League is something else.

“Playing football in England is a much bigger stage – football is number one here.”

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