Matija Nastasic’s career has not quite gone to plan in recent years. A regular in Manchester City’s starting XI during his teenage years and a Premier League champion in 2013, the Serbian international has never managed to live up to those lofty early expectations – although a series of injury problems can partly be blamed for that.
At just 24, however, Nastasic still has a long career lying out in front of him and plenty of potential left in the tank. But, with a number of Premier League clubs sending scouts to watch Serbia’s World Cup qualifying clash with Austria on Friday, does the centre-back’s path lead him back to England?
According to Kleine Zeitung, Everton, Southampton, Wolves and Aston Villa were among the clubs represented at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna. And you wonder whether Everton would consider making a move for Nastasic – three years after City rebuffed their advances to take him on loan, per The Telegraph.
Manchester to Merseyside, via Germany
While The Toffees’ troubles at the top end of the pitch have been well established this season, Ronald Koeman’s side have looked alarmingly error prone at the back too.
Ashley Williams looks like a shadow of the man mountain who dominated the backline at Swansea while Phil Jagielka is not getting any younger. And even Koeman himself admitted that he expected a lot better from £30 million England international Michael Keane, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.
Therefore, Nastasic, who has started all of Schalke’s seven Bundesliga fixtures so far this season, would be a welcome addition. He’s young, has plenty of English football experience and possesses the tactical flexibility to adapt to either a back three or four.
Everton may have spent around £140 million in the summer but, with Koeman’s side stuck at the wrong end of the table, it appears majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri will be forced to put his hand in his pocket again in January.