By George Overhill

7th Sep, 2022 | 8:39am

Torino 'rubbing their hands' at £13million move for West Ham United loanee Nikola Vlasic

West Ham forgotten man Nikola Vlasic’s start to the season has Torino “rubbing their hands” at the deal they have in place for him, according to Calcio Mercato.

The winger was a €30million signing a year ago when he arrived at the London Stadium but failed to establish himself and was deemed surplus to requirements by David Moyes this summer.

A loan move to Serie A, with the option to make the move permanent for just half that number, was agreed as the Hammers essentially looked to cut their losses.

But amid an upturn in form for the 24-year-old under the guidance of compatriot Ivan Juric has the Italian side feeling that they “made a deal” when they got such a low fee secured.

Vlasic scored once in 19 Premier League appearances, largely off the bench, last season, but already has three in five for Torino.

But according to Calcio Mercato: “The Croatian just needed trust, a square where he could feel pampered and free to express himself.”

Wrong fit

The former CSKA Moscow man is likely to surpass the number of minutes he managed on the pitch in the English top flight last season in the next two or three games so it is clear that he is enjoying a far more fruitful campaign already.

If he continues to perform questions may be asked of Moyes as to why he couldn’t get the same sort of success from a big-money signing.

It may just be that Vlasic is not suited to the Premier League, having had a similarly uninspiring one-year spell at Everton earlier in his career as well.

On balance, if the Irons were getting little use out of him despite having a much thinner squad before this summer then there was likely to be no benefit in keeping him around with options boosted by the likes of Lucas Paqueta and Maxwel Cornet.

Losing €15million on a player in a single year can’t be dressed up as a success in any way, but sometimes it is better to accept that a move hasn’t worked for player or club and to find a solution that works for all, which if Vlasic is enjoying himself as much as it seems and Torino pay for him is likely the case.

Realistically nobody was going to offer West Ham their money back to take the wide-man off their hands this year so the drop in fee is something the club will have to swallow, but the fact that he is already showing a resurgence does suggest a missed opportunity at the London Stadium.

But whether that was the fault of the player, the coach, or just a fact of circumstance is harder to determine.