Nikola Vlasic left West Ham United to join Torino in the summer, after having spent the previous campaign on loan with the Serie A side.
Torino paid around £8 million to sign Nikola Vlasic from West Ham (6 foot 2), and the Croatian national team manager tipped him to ‘explode’ with the Turin club.
Many believed that he would hit the ground running with Ivan Juric’s side, after he bagged five goals and six assists in 34 Serie A games whilst on loan at The Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino in the 2022/23 season (Transfermarkt).
However, things have really gone downhill for Vlasic since he left the Hammers on a permanent basis, with just one goal and zero assists to his name in 12 games for Torino this season (Transfermarkt).
Many blamed David Moyes for the Croatia international’s struggles at the London Stadium, myself included, but maybe it wasn’t the Scot’s fault after all.
He is having real problems performing to his best out in Italy this season it seems…
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Nikola Vlasic struggles continue after West Ham exit
According to Gazzetta dello Sport (print edition November 20th, page 21), there are big concerns at Torino about Vlasic’s poor form so far this term.
He was seen as an ‘important investment’ at the time by those in power at Torino, but things haven’t quite worked as planned.
Vlasic was regularly played out of position during his time at the London Stadium, but he has predominantly operated in his favoured number 10 role in Turin.
Whilst there is undoubtedly a very good player in there somewhere, there is definitely something not quite right about Vlasic.
He clearly wasn’t built for the robust physical nature and intense speed of Premier League football, but you would have thought that the more pedestrian paced Serie A would have suited him a lot better.
However, it seems like West Ham have had a right touch by selling Nikola Vlasic to Torino in the summer, as he struggles to find his feet in northern Italy.