Everton fans desperate for Vlasic to start against Atalanta

David Unsworth, Caretaker Manager of Everton arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park on November 18, 2017 in London,...

Everton face Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday night.

David Unsworth, Caretaker Manager of Everton looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park on November 18, 2017 in London, England.

Interim manager David Unsworth is set to take charge of his sixth Everton match during his caretaker spell on Thursday night in the Europa League - and fans are desperate for him to start attacker Nikola Vlasic.

The Toffees face Serie A outfit Atalanta in what is a dead rubber of a match as the Merseyside club have already been knocked out of the competition, after picking up just one point in four matches.

Vlasic, 20, has made just one substitute appearance in the five games Unsworth has been in charge of, coming on in the 71st minute of Everton's 3-0 loss to Lyon earlier this month.

Everton's Croatian striker Nikola Vlasic warms up ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Everton and Lyon at Goodison Park, in Liverpool on October 19, 2017.

With the match meaningless, Unsworth is expected to give a number of fringe stars a run out at Goodison Park, which could include the likes of Davy Klaassen, Sandro Ramirez and Kevin Mirallas.

Unsworth will already be considering Sunday's Premier League trip to the south coast to face Southampton in a match that he will see as winnable, and will want tor est his big-name stars.

Everton fans have taken to Twitter to plead with their interim boss to start Croatian youngster Vlasic, with one fan questioning why the Toffees' number 27 has been given such little game time. He asked "what's he done wrong?".

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