Nikola Vlasic has slammed the style of play which Everton utilised under the leadership of former manager Sam Allardyce.
The ex-England boss was appointed as manager of the Toffees midway through last season after the club was struggling to avoid relegation following the sacking of Ronald Koeman. Big Sam did achieve his mandate of helping the club to avoid the drop.
However, he was heavily criticised for the style of play he introduced to the club and fired the following summer. The former Everton boss was replaced by Marco Silva.
In addition to not managing to win over the Toffees fans, it also now looks like Big Sam did not manage to win over many players from within the club.
Vlasic arrived at Goodison Park during the summer of 2017 from Hajduk Split.
He spent the entirety of last term with the Toffees but was unable to establish himself as an Everton first-team regular.
The 21-year-old was sent on loan to CSKA Moscow ahead of this season and has managed to impress in Russia.
Now Vlasic has blasted the style of play which Allardyce used when he was Everton manager.
“Everything changed after Koeman left,” the former Toffee told Sportske Novosti.
“The football played by Big Sam was awful, if it could even be called football.
“In such football I do not have a place. The football team was terrified by everything, the fans mostly. This season, Marco Silva plays different, much nicer football, but has not got results.
“It is true that Everton did not make an expected breakthrough but at least fans now look at the normal football in which the guys, through their actions, are trying to score and win.”
Vlasic is undoubtedly a talent and his progress in Russia will encourage some Everton fans to believe the attacker has a future on Merseyside.
Given Silva’s expansive footballing style and willingness to give young players an opportunity, the winger could yet have a role to play at Goodison Park.