Everton youngster Nikola Vlasic vows to learn from frustrating first season

Everton midfielder Nikola Vlasic (27) during Europa League match between Everton and Olympique Lyonnais in October. Photo by Craig Galloway/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock (9159385x)

Everton youngster Nikola Vlasic has vowed to make a breakthrough next season after a disappointing first season in English football.

Vlasic joined the Toffees last summer but struggled to break into the first team of the club during the season. Though the 20-year-old played this weekend as the club drew 1-1 against Southampton, this was the first time that he played at Goodisan Park since January.

He only managed to score two goals from 19 appearances this season which is not impressive. Both of his goals also came against Apollon Limassol.

Despite a frustrating first season, Vlasic believes that he has managed to learn a lot.

He said: “I hope next season will be my season.”

“If you are not in the team, it is up to you to work hard and wait for your chance.

“Of course you expect that competition for places. With so many good players, you need to fight for your position. I expected that and I knew it would be hard. But I think better days are coming for me.

“I was always training hard, waiting for my chance. When I played before I thought I played well and I think I have adapted well enough to English football. Of course, I can be better but this is my first season here and it was always going to be hard coming into the Premier League. But I hope next season will be my season.”