Everton have finally announced the signing of Croatian youngster Nikola Vlasic, and the forward will be wearing the #27 shirt for the Blues this season.
Tyias Browning was the most recent wearer of the number before he left the club this season on loan at Sunderland. Before him was Greek striker Apostolos Vellios who also had the shirt for three years.
If you look even further back, it was the infamous Andy van der Meyde who wore the #27 during the 2005-06 season. Other players to have worn it are Peter Clarke and Richard Dunne.
| "I am very excited about the opportunity to play for this big club."— Everton (@Everton) August 31, 2017
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Speaking at his signing, the youngster said -
“I am very excited about the opportunity to play for this big club. The Premier League is the best league in the world and this is one of the top clubs in England. It is such a big honour for me to be here.
“When I heard that Everton were interested in me, I knew straight away I wanted to come here. Whenever someone called my manager or my father, I told them I only wanted to come to Everton.
“The ambition of the Club is to ultimately play in the Champions League and I want to help achieve that goal. I believe in myself and in this team - I think we can do great things together.”