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Irish Hammer 9:33 Fri Nov 26
Morning Read - Vlasic starts to show what he’s got
Morning All. Enjoy lads (& Nurse & Debs)

Vlasic is not the first to start slow at West Ham – but assist for Yarmolenko shows he’s on right path

Vlasic has made a slow start at West Ham

Nikola Vlasic will be aware his bright performance against Rapid Vienna is one which many were hoping to see. And he will hope, as much as West Ham United’s supporters, that his assist ends up being the catalyst behind a change in fortune.

The £25 million signing from CSKA Moscow was the provider for Andriy Yarmolenko’s goal in West Ham’s 2-0 victory. Offensively the Croatia international posed a threat and showed flashes of why the club were keen to sign him in August. It was one of his more promising performances and should help boost the 24-year-old’s confidence.

So far this season Vlasic has struggled to force his way into David Moyes’ starting XI, with Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen the favoured three behind lone striker Michail Antonio. But a contributing factor behind his early struggles is largely due to him not having a pre-season with the attacking midfielder featuring for Croatia, who lost to Spain in the round of 16 on June 21, at this summer’s European Championships.

But Vlasic returned to Russian side CSKA Moscow with a knock and after being put on an individual programme by coaches, he was only able to take part in training the week leading up to their season opener against FK Ufa on July 25. Vlasic was an unused substitute in that fixture, and had only completed 90 minutes once in his next five games before sealing his move to West Ham.

While the majority of players at Moyes’ disposal are fully fit, Vlasic in many ways has been playing catch up. Factoring the matches he has played this season for his previous side, West Ham and Croatia, the attacking midfielder has played 90 minutes just once in his last 20 fixtures — which was CSKA Moscow’s 2-0 win over Akhmat Grozny in August.

Vlasic found himself in good goalscoring positions against Rapid Vienna. He shot over the bar before the interval and there was a passage of play in the second half when the attacking midfielder was in aces of space, but Said Benrahma failed to get his head up and opted to shoot. On another day Vlasic could have scored a tap-in.

“I think I’m capable, I just need to work hard,” he said in the build-up to the 3-0 win against Genk in October. “There’s nothing specific — all-round I want to improve. I want to settle in the Premier League and my all-round game can get better. A first goal would help massively — every time you score it boosts confidence, so it would help a lot.”

Vlasic’s slow integration at West Ham has parallels to the starts Fornals and Benrahma made when they joined from Villarreal and Brentford respectively. The duo have become key players for Moyes but there was a time, similar to Vlasic, when the jury was out on whether they were capable of sustaining any semblance of form. While Vlasic is yet to score for West Ham, Fornals did not score his first league goal for the club until his 20th appearance against Leicester City. Until that point he had only amassed three assists in the league.

Initially Benrahma frustrated many with his indecision in the final third. He would occasionally show signs of potential in cameo appearances off the bench, but struggled to impress when handed starts by Moyes. Similar to Fornals’ lack of impact offensively, the Algerian playmaker failed to score in the league until his 28th appearance against Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Athletic reported the role technical advisor Alan Irvine played in Benrahma’s remarkable rise. Now the attacker is one of the first names on the teamsheet. In an era where many expect new signings to adapt to their new surroundings immediately, there still needs to be an element of patience with Vlasic, no matter how long he goes in search of that all-important first goal.

But for one player, a comfortable victory against Rapid Vienna almost led to a goal on their first-team debut. Sonny Perkins replaced Vlasic with 13 minutes remaining and saw his header from close range saved by Paul Gartler.

“I just said to him, ‘When you get those opportunities, you need to take them’,” said Moyes. “He was gutted he didn’t score. The under-23s have been playing well and he’s been part of it. I want to keep giving them chances.”

Perkins became the tenth player from the academy to make their senior debut under Moyes since December 2019. The young forward has been one of the key performers for the under-23s having scored nine goals in 14 appearances.

The most pleasing aspect of his development is the 17-year-old has mainly played as an attacking midfielder for the under-18s. Following Mipo Odubeko’s loan move to Championship side Huddersfield Town in August, the under-23s needed a striker which led to Perkins making his debut in the 2-0 EFL Cup win at Ipswich Town. Under the tutelage of former manager Dmitri Halajko, the England under-18 international adapted seamlessly to his new role.

On a night where West Ham secured top spot in UEFA Europa League Group H, what remains memorable is Vlasic’s bright performance and the debut of another emerging talent from the academy.

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arsegrapes 2:59 Sat Nov 27
Re: Morning Read - Vlasic starts to show what he’s got
Manuel, so you agree it was witty thx

ted fenton 2:55 Sat Nov 27
Re: Morning Read - Vlasic starts to show what he’s got
;-(

Pee Wee 1:05 Sat Nov 27
Re: Morning Read - Vlasic starts to show what he’s got
Had a bit of a mare here Vexed.


Getting made to look foolish by Block, is like being made to look a bit racist by Ted

Manuel 3:10 Sat Nov 27
Re: Morning Read - Vlasic starts to show what he’s got
arse - The problem with your witty comment is that it doesn't work, since having a header saved by the keeper isn't taking anyone to the cleaners, son. If he had scored you may have got a chuckle or two :-)

arsegrapes 1:12 Sat Nov 27
Re: Morning Read - Vlasic starts to show what he’s got
daveyg 12:28 Sat Nov 27

Yes Perkins are ubiquitous, although I prefer Jeeves. I'm dumbfounded that you couldn't raise even a chuckle at my subtle wit. The world would be a lot poorer if we all thought the same.

daveyg 12:28 Sat Nov 27
Re: Morning Read - Vlasic starts to show what he’s got
arsegrapes
No I saw it , just thought it wasn't funny.
Are Perkins a dry cleaners or something ?
I know Dorothy Perkins was a pre decision to Primark . Think our Perkins has more class.

Billy Blagg 9:29 Fri Nov 26
Re: Morning Read - Vlasic starts to show what he’s got
Thought he looked really good last night. The days when you bought a player, put him straight in and he fitted in immediately seem to be so rare nowadays. I'm expecting a season before Vlasic gets up to full speed.

gph 8:08 Fri Nov 26
Re: Morning Read - Vlasic starts to show what he’s got
Thanks, Irish

arsegrapes 5:46 Fri Nov 26
Re: Morning Read - Vlasic starts to show what he’s got
As I said on the match thread, Perkins took their CB's to the Dry Cleaners but it went over everyone's head.

Takashi Miike 5:21 Fri Nov 26
Re: Morning Read - Vlasic starts to show what he’s got
devo/vexed, there's a link to an interview with him after the game last night. apparently a converted midfielder after mark phillips & kevin keen suggested he try up front

DukeofDevo 5:11 Fri Nov 26
Re: Morning Read - Vlasic starts to show what he’s got
Takashi Miike 1:39 Fri Nov 26

Looked good when he came on didn’t he. Good athlete by the look of him, so unlucky not to get on the scoresheet! A few like that during the game though, Bowen on another night could have had a hat-trick

epsom 3:39 Fri Nov 26
Re: Morning Read - Vlasic starts to show what he’s got
Thanks Irish

Admiral Lard 3:35 Fri Nov 26
Re: Morning Read - Vlasic starts to show what he’s got
Vlasic probably had is best game to date and hopefully will follow the same trajectory as Said Benrhama.

Also very encouraged by Kroll's cameo when he came on for Soucek, hopefully he will get further chances very soon.

Perkins looks too the manner born.

Pretty good night all in all!

Vexed 3:31 Fri Nov 26
Re: Morning Read - Vlasic starts to show what he’s got
Takashi Miike 1:39 Fri Nov 26

This is more like I was expecting, thanks. Sounds like he's got a chance.

Takashi Miike 1:39 Fri Nov 26
Re: Morning Read - Vlasic starts to show what he’s got
"Perkins looked promising, looks like he's got more about him than the last 5 young strikers we've thrown on over the last few years. Is he rated?"


9 goals in 16 games for the u18s/23s & england u18s. he's pretty pretty good

Block 1:36 Fri Nov 26
Re: Morning Read - Vlasic starts to show what he’s got
No anger here, Son.

It's Friday, the suns out and it's almost Christmas.

Vexed 1:30 Fri Nov 26
Re: Morning Read - Vlasic starts to show what he’s got
Bizarre levels of anger towards an innocuous comment. I didn't even have to try. Disappointing.

Block 1:21 Fri Nov 26
Re: Morning Read - Vlasic starts to show what he’s got
Says the bloke asking if a player is rated having just made his debut in a European competition.

* slow claps *

Vexed 1:20 Fri Nov 26
Re: Morning Read - Vlasic starts to show what he’s got
Desperate stuff Blockypoos, I feel for you son.

Block 1:10 Fri Nov 26
Re: Morning Read - Vlasic starts to show what he’s got
The fact he even made the bench, shows that he's rated, considering we had about 4 players who if needed could play centrally.

You absolute crank.

Vexed 1:09 Fri Nov 26
Re: Morning Read - Vlasic starts to show what he’s got
Block 12:43 Fri Nov 26

It's one thing to play in a game we've already won when we have zero strikers to choose from, it's quite another thing whether he's expected to make it at the top level or is he going to be another one we give a couple of games to and then flog to a lower league club?

Now repeat that back to me so I know you understand, you lemon.

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