As far as full debuts go West Ham United new boy Nikola Vlasic’s was a touch underwhelming.
There are high hopes and expectations for the £33 million deadline day signing from CSKA Moscow.
But there are also some lingering question marks after his inauspicious spell at Everton as a teenager.
David Moyes insists he has signed a more developed Vlasic and believes he can be the man to replace what West Ham are missing without Jesse Lingard.
Expectations high for £33m new boy Vlasic
The Croatian impressed with a brief cameo when coming on as a substitute in the 0-0 draw at Southampton last weekend.
But he failed to really catch the eye on his first start in the superb 2-0 win over in Zagreb on Thursday night.
Vlasic was neat and tidy and worked hard for the team. But going forward he did not offer much of a threat and was substituted in the second half for Said Benrahma.
Vlasic explains reason for underwhelming full West Ham debut and vows to do better
With Moyes revealing that Benrahma is injured, Vlasic is expected to start against Manchester United and could even be used as a forward or false nine.
Speaking in an interview with West Ham’s official website, the 23-year-old explained the reason for his underwhelming full debut.
And Vlasic has vowed he will only get better.
“The team was playing very well,” Vlasic told whufc.com.
“I’ve only been here one week (after the international break) so I’m getting used to the team and the team are getting used to me.
“I think each game it will get better.”
No better way to announce yourself than with a top performance against the biggest club in the world
In many ways it is much harder to make an impact as an attacking player coming into a new team in contrast to a defensive player.
And West Ham fans will be patient with their new man and back him all the way.
Supporters saw enough against Southampton to know West Ham have a player on their hands.
Vlasic can go a long way to proving that on the biggest stage when West Ham entertain one of the world’s biggest clubs at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.