It seems as though Croatian international Nikola Vlašić will be leaving West Ham to join Italian side Torino FC on loan with option to buy. The 24 year old produced just 1 goal in 19 premier league appearances in quite the disappointing debut season for the Hammers. Over the course of this season, Vlašić has seen his transfer value drop nearly 10 million Euros and hasn’t scored for Croatia since last September in a 3-0 triumph over Slovenia.
Ivan Juric may be trying to build a Croat-heavy squad in Turin with the likes of Nikola Vlašić, Marko Pjaca and (potentially) Josip Brekalo, if the latter doesn’t find a new club for next season.
I believe this is an excellent move for Vlašić, as he’ll be more than likely guaranteed a starting spot in a league that probably suits him better than the Prem. Jurić is an outstanding coach and seems to rate Vlašić quite highly. Perhaps his connection with Brekalo would also be something great to develop there.
This next season will allow Vlašić to truly prove whether he’s got “it” in him or not. He’s shown his quality many times but has also shown just how invisible he can be.
What are your thoughts on the transfer?