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Nikola
Vlašić
Midfielder
Nikola Vlasic
Shoots
Both
Signed
31/08/2021
Height
178 cm
Born
04/10/1997
Debut
11/09/2021
Nationality
Croatia
Weight
72 kg

West Ham United signed Croatia international attacker Nikola Vlašić on a five-year contract from Russian Premier League club CSKA Moscow in August 2021.

A teenage prodigy with Hajduk Split, Vlašić had already played more 250 senior matches for Hajduk, Everton and CSKA Moscow prior to his transfer to London Stadium, including over 100 for CSKA, where he scored 33 goals and assisted 21 more and was named Russian Premier League Footballer of the Year in 2020.

A regular for Croatia, he has been capped over 30 times and featured four times at the delayed UEFA Euro 2020 finals.

Career

2021/22

Joined West Ham United on a five-year contract for an undisclosed from Russian Premier League club CSKA Moscow on 31 August 2021...Made his West Ham United debut as a substitute in the 0-0 Premier League draw at Southampton on 11 September 2021...Made his European debut for West Ham United by starting the 2-0 UEFA Europa League Group H win at Dinamo Zagreb on 16 September 2021...Featured in Croatia's FIFA World Cup qualifying win over Cyprus and draw with Slovakia in October 2021...Featured in Croatia's FIFA World Cup qualifying victories over Malta and Russia in November 2021...Assisted Andriy Yarmolenko's opening goal in the 2-0 UEFA Europa League Group H win at Rapid Vienna on 25 November 2021...Scored his first Premier League goal for the Club in a 4-1 win at Watford on 28 December 2021...Started the FA Cup wins over Leeds United and Kidderminster Harriers in early 2022...Started the 1-0 Premier League defeat at Liverpool on 5 March 2022...Started the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg draw at Sevilla on 10 March 2022...Featured in Croatia's friendly internationals with Slovenia and Bulgaria in March 2022...Started the 1-1 home Premier League draw with Burnley on 17 April 2022.

Before West Ham

Born in Split in October 1997...Started his career with Omladinac Vranjic at the age of eight before moving to the city’s leading club, Hajduk, at 12 in 2010...Scored on his first-team debut in a UEFA Europa League qualifying tie with Irish side Dundalk in July 2014, aged just 16 years and nine months...Made 37 appearances and scored four goals in 2014/15, despite being still well short of his 18th birthday...Made his senior Croatia debut at 19 in a May 2017, before establishing himself as a regular squad member the following year...Was still a teenager when he moved to the English Premier League side Everton in August 2017, having impressed Blues manager Ronald Koeman in a Europa League tie earlier that same month...Featured 19 times for Everton, scoring two goals, before signing for CSKA Moscow, initially on loan, in August 2018...Played 108 games for CSKA Moscow in all competitions and was directly involved in 54 goals - 33 goals and 21 assists...Won three Russian Player of the Month trophies and the 2020 Russian Footballer of the Year award...Scored Croatia's opening goal in the Euro 2020 group-stage win over Scotland at Hampden Park in June 2021...