Is Vlasic experiencing the Januzaj factor at Everton?

Nikola Vlasic of Everton in action during the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on September 9, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

The Everton midfielder has been a rare shining light for the Toffees this season.

Nikola Vlasic of Everton is tackled by Lewis Dunk of Brighton and Hove Albion during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Everton at Amex Stadium on October 15,...

Everton fans have had few reasons to be positive this season, however the performances of summer signing Nicola Vlasic have at least put some smiles on their faces, with the 20-year-old proving his quality amid some turgid showings from his teammates.

It is a case not dissimilar to Adnan Januzaj's breakout season at Manchester United, when the then-18-year-old proved to be the only reason to get excited about a match at Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney of Everton speaks to Nikola Vlasic of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison Park on October 1, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

In part due to his age, and in part because he was one of the few players with an affinity to former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Januzaj performed week in, week out, while his far more experienced teammates floundered.

That was as good as it got for the former Belgian international, at least for now, yet Vlasic will be hoping this is just the start of a successful career in the Premier League.

Defensive problems have shown up in Vlasic's game, but Everton did not sign the attacking midfielder for his nous at the opposite end of the field, and most of the problems can be tied to  Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye.

Nikola Vlasic of Everton and Stephen Ward of Burnley battle for possession during the Premier League match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison Park on October 1, 2017 in Liverpool,...

It is in attacking areas where the 20-year-old has shown his quality and in time he is expected to become a very important player for Everton.

A star in the making but one who needs his Everton teammates to up their game for the good of his own, this should be just the start for the Croatian. The issue is that an over-reliance on such a young player for a prolonged period of time benefits no one, at least if Januzaj's fate is anything to go by.

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