Nikola Vlasic is surely in line to start for West Ham against Everton at the London Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
The Hammers welcome the Toffees to East London for the 2pm Premier League kick-off tomorrow.
It’s a huge game for both sides but for very different reasons.
West Ham need to win in order to keep our hopes of a top six finish alive. Meanwhile, Everton need all three points in order to create some real distance between themselves and the bottom three.
The Hammers have a huge Europa League quarter-final first-leg clash with Lyon to come on Thursday night whilst the Toffees only have Premier League action to focus on.
Bearing that in mind, David Moyes may well have to rotate his starting XI for tomorrow’s game against Everton.
Nikola Vlasic surely in line to start for West Ham against Everton
Vlasic joined the Hammers from CSKA Moscow last summer for around £33 million (Evening Standard).
The 24-year-old has really struggled to establish himself at the London Stadium but in all fairness to him, he hasn’t really been given much of a chance to prove himself in the Claret and Blue.
The Croatia international has been given just 1533 minutes spread over 33 appearances (Transfermarkt). That works out at an average of just 46 minutes per game.
The onus is on Vlasic as well to do more when he puts on the shirt though. He needs to give David Moyes a tough decision to make.
And we believe that the 24-year-old may well be handed a huge opportunity to do just that tomorrow against Everton.
Claret and Hugh claimed earlier this week that Moyes is set to ring the changes for the clash with the Toffees.
With our Europa League game against Lyon to come just four days after the Everton clash, Moyes may well choose to rest at least one of his attackers.
Michail Antonio has been used pretty much week in, week out. He has just had two weeks off, however, so Moyes will probably start Micky again tomorrow.
With Jarrod Bowen still doubtful though, perhaps it’s time for Vlasic to be given a chance in one of the positions behind Antonio either in place of Said Benrahma or Pablo Fornals.
The 24-year-old should be given 90 minutes to impress and if he fails to do so, then not much will be lost. Moyes will have a much clearer picture in his mind about what Vlasic has to offer.
The problem with not playing him is that Moyes won’t actually know whether he has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League.
Tomorrow against Everton could be Vlasic’s chance to shine. If he does start, and puts in an impressive performance, then Moyes will have a real selection headache for our Europa League clash with Lyon. It will be a nice one to have, however.