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Vlasic: I trust Moyes to bring the best out of me at West Ham


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ikola Vlasic is intent on becoming a key man at West Ham — and wants to use the Europa League as a springboard to success.

The Croat wants to make a fresh start in English football after struggles at Everton three years ago and is keen to catch the eye in Europe before shining in the Premier League.

Back in English football after a successful spell at CSKA Moscow, Vlasic has made a steady start, though he is yet to score a goal or provide an assist since his £25.7million move to the London Stadium.

“I think all around I should improve,” Vlasic said of his start to the season. “[I want] to settle into the Premier League and be one of the key players at West Ham.”

His ambition will please manager David Moyes, and his slow start in front of goal will not be of great concern.

The Scot has options in those areas and is often keen to ease players in when he does not feel they are quite capable of hitting the ground running, in the manner of Tomas Soucek or Kurt Zouma.

“We really like him,” Moyes said of Vlasic, who has started both games in the Europa League so far.

“We’ve been really pleased with him. He’s come into a relatively settled side. We’ll use him tonight and we look forward to seeing what he can do.

“But if I have my way, I try not to push the players through too quickly. I like to give them a chance to settle in and let everybody get to know them.”

Moyes is right to be relaxed about the situation and can point to the trajectory of Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma as inspiration for Vlasic.

Both stepped up from the Championship and were eased in by Moyes — and the two, certainly Bowen, can now be trusted to make their mark on a game.


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