While some Croatian players are keeping themselves out of the good graces of manager, Zlatko Dalić, (errrrm…Ante Rebić) others are trying to get themselves back in. Šime Vrsaljko has been quiet on the football pitch with injuries since helping solidify the Croatian backline at the 2018 World Cup. He’s currently playing second fiddle off the bench for Atletico Madrid and has not been named to the Croatia squad for qualifiers following the summer break.
However, a small confidence boost struck Vrsaljko Tuesday night in La Liga action and hopefully it can trigger something more for the rest of the season. With the game tied 1-1 between Atletico and Getafe in the 84th minute, Vrsaljko came off the bench and supplied the game-winning assist in injury time seven minutes later. Vrsaljko sent a perfect “spray and pray” ball right on the 6-yard box for Luis Suarez which he headed home for the win. Poor defense can absolutely be chalked up for the goal but how nice is it for Vrsaljko to come on late and help his team grab all three points? If he is healthy in November, he should absolutely get the nod against Malta. The Vatreni have missed his pinpoint crosses from the sideline. At 29 years old, it’s not too late for Vrsaljko to make a nice little comeback.