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Everton Loans Recap: Vlasic Shines Again

Tough week for young Blues, but Vlasic on fire for CSKA

FC Ufa vs PFC CSKA Moscow - Russian Premier League Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images

Although there was plenty of action for Everton’s out-on-loan contingent, not many young Blues had winning performances over the weekend.

But over in Russia, Nikola Vlasic starred for CSKA Moscow again, possibly leaving Marco Silva with a dilemma for next season.

Below is a run through from all the weekend action.

The Youngsters

Henry Onyekuru

Galatasaray responded to their humiliating 4-0 defeat to Trabzonspor before the international break with a 4-1 win over Kasimpasa on Friday.

But after netting his first Nigeria goal earlier in the week, Henry Onyekuru had to make do with a place on the bench for the Turkish side, playing the final 10 minutes.

Antonee Robinson

Playing against Brazil in the international break will have been a steep learning curve for Antonee Robinson, but the young left-back was unable to prevent Wigan Athletic falling to a 2-0 defeat at high-flying Brentford.

Callum Connolly

Callum Connolly also kept his place in the Wigan team for the trip to Brentford, playing again in an unfamiliar right-wing role.

Like Robinson and most of the Wigan side, there was little impact the Everton loanee could make. Another 90 minutes in the bag for the pair, though.

Nikola Vlasic

And another 90 minutes in the middle of the park for Vlasic as CSKA Moscow moved up to fourth with a 3-0 win over struggling Ufa.

The young Croatian was one of CSKA’s star performers, providing a delightful assist for the second goal and hitting the woodwork twice with rasping efforts which deserved more.

Vlasic looked full of confidence, with Ufa unable to deal with his driving runs from deep. His best performance to date in Russia and one that should excite Evertonians.

Joe Williams

Williams kept his place in the Bolton Wanderers line-up, playing again in an advanced midfield role. However, he was unable to prevent the Trotters from slipping to a 2-1 home defeat to Queens Park Rangers. The tenacious midfielder had a relatively quiet day for the Trotters.

Matthew Pennington

Pennington played the full 90 minutes as Ipswich Town remained at the foot of the table following a 2-0 defeat to Hull City. However, the 23-year-old was easily one of the Tractor Boys’ best performers.

The Deadwood

Ashley Williams

Watched from the bench as Stoke City threw away a two-goal lead to draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

Cuco Martina

Martina played the full 90 minutes in Stoke’s draw.

Luke Garbutt

Luke Garbutt returned to the Oxford United side, playing the full 90 minutes in their goalless draw at Wycombe Wanderers and looked much more assured at left-back.

Shani Tarashaj

Grasshopper lost 3-1 away at Stade Nyonnais in Swiss Cup action on Sunday, and Tarashaj was nowhere to be seen again and is probably injured.

Kevin Mirallas

Again, had to watch from the bench as Fiorentina lost 1-0 at Napoli. At least he made the bench this time.

Muhamed Besic

Started Middlesbrough’s 1-0 defeat to Norwich City but was taken off on 52 minutes with the Bosnian seeming out of sorts.

Yannick Bolasie

Finally made his Aston Villa debut, coming on for the final 13 minutes and helping his side find a 90th minute equaliser in a frantic finale. Picked up a late booking too.

Sandro Ramirez

Sandro failed a late fitness test following a knee injury, meaning he was unable make his Real Sociedad debut against his former club.

Sociedad took a 1-0 lead, but goals from Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele saw Barcelona leave with all three points.