David Moyes: Nikola Vlasic should start to get more game time for West Ham
West Ham manager David Moyes has suggested that midfielder Nikola Vlasic will get more game time in the next few months.
The Croatian moved to the London Stadium for £25.7million in the summer but has made just one Premier League start so far this season.
Ahead of the Hammers’ clash against Brighton on Wednesday evening, Moyes was asked about his midfield options, with Said Benrahma set to be away at the Africa Cup of Nations with Algeria in January.
“I think we would like to add but this is where I am hoping that Vlasic will get a bit more prepared and ready for us in that period when he [Benrahma] goes away,” he said [via Football.London].
“I’ll try and use Nicky a little bit more going on now with the opportunities when I think they’re right. Up until recent games the team has played really well and there have not been too many alterations.
“Nicky is certainly coming much more into our thoughts now and he’s had a good chance to settle in. If you think of the period it took Said to settle in as well.”
West Ham supporters had high hopes for Vlasic after his summer switch from CSKA Moscow, but it has not quite worked out so far.
The midfielder arrived in East London with plenty of pedigree, having been named the Russian Premier League Footballer of the Year in 2020.
It can take time for a player to adapt to a new league though and that certainly seems to have been the case with Vlasic.
His only Premier League start has come against Manchester United, while he has been brought off the bench on just four further occasions.
The 24-year-old did put in an encouraging display against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League last week though, providing the assist for Andriy Yarmolenko’s opening goal.
Moyes could be tempted to hand Vlasic a start against Brighton this evening in the hope that he gets more up to speed ahead of Benrahma’s absence in January.
In other West Ham news, the Hammers are one of a number of teams chasing this £30m-rated striker.