Nikola Vlašić had an absolute wunder-strike from 21 yards out today for Torino. I mean, he absolutely put his boot right through the poor ball on a missile that didn’t move until it hit the back of the net. Unfortunately, after a lengthy VAR review, the goal was called back for offside. It appeared one of his Torino teammates was blocking the way of the Bologna keeper while sitting in an offside position.
Nonetheless, what a strike!
My immediate reaction to this shot is:
- Why don’t we see more of this from Vlašić in checkers? (in the limited time we have seen him played by Dalić)
- Why don’t we see more shots from outside the box for Croatia in general?
Since Rakitić departed from the national side in 2018, I feel the our boys really don’t test opposing keepers with any threats from outside the box. You will get an occasional shot from Modrić and even Gvardiol, but with Perišić out for the year, there really aren’t any outside threats. Luka Sučić will absolutely be on this list when he is fully integrated into the senior side. One thing I love about the kid is that he isn’t afraid to shoot the ball from distance. But neither is Vlašić.
So I ask this going into 2024: is anybody going to put on their “rocket boots” for Croatia? And if they are, who will it be?
We know Vlašić has the range…but who will join him?
That’s one thing I would have Dalić instill in the Croatian squad: start taking more shots from outside the box and be fearless about it.