Everton have confirmed that winger Nikola Vlasic has joined Russian side CSKA Moscow on a season-long loan.
Vlasic only joined the Toffees from Hajduk Split in a £10million deal last summer but has struggled for regular game time.
The 20-year-old made 19 appearances in all competitions last year, scoring twice and laying on one assist. However, he has been deemed surplus to requirements this season under new manager Marco Silva.
Vlasic rarely featured in pre-season and was one of four players told to train away from the main group earlier this month. Two of those players - Kevin Mirallas and Ashley Williams - have since left the club on loan with Vlasic now joining them.
The winger can perhaps consider himself to be an unfortunate victim of circumstance. Moving to a new club in a different country is always tough but Everton’s chaotic season made things even tougher.
There never seemed to be a plan in mind for the youngster and so he never played in a settled position, despite showing occasional glimpses of his quality.
With further attacking reinforcements brought to the club over the summer it’s clear Vlasic would struggle for a first-team place this campaign.
At his age he needs to be playing every week to aid his development so the move the Moscow and the chance to play Champions League football is the best for all parties.
He still has four years left on his contract so there is time for him to fulfil his potential at Goodison Park. Though a lot will rest on how he fares in the Russian capital over the next nine months.