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Vlasic's excellent Everton display should alert Allardyce

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on December 2, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

The Everton prospect was hugely impressive against Apollon Limassol.

Nikola Vlasic of Everton looks dejected after the Premier League match between Southampton and Everton at St Mary's Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Southampton, England.

Nikola Vlasic has taken time to adapt after joining Everton in the summer, but the prospect's performance in the 3-0 victory away to Apollon Limassol in the Europa League Thursday night was rather encouraging.

There was nothing riding on the game from Everton's perspective given that they had already been eliminated from the competition, with a host of players rested ahead of the Merseyside derby against Liverpool on Sunday.

That meant that several fringe and academy players were given opportunities to impress, and Vlasic certainly seized his opportunity as he scored and also provided an assist for Ademola Lookman.

Everton's Croatian striker Nikola Vlasic reacts after Atalanta's fifth goal during the UEFA Europa League Group E football match between Everton and Atalanta at Goodison Park in Liverpool,...

It was his performances in the Europa League for Hajduk Split which alerted Everton to Vlasic in the first place, and the Croatian certainly seems to relish playing in this competition.

Although he is also capable of playing as an attacking midfielder if required, Vlasic thrived as a right winger last night as he demonstrated his excellent technique.

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.

The 20-year-old is admittedly still rather raw and perhaps isn't ready to start regularly in the Premier League just yet, but he will hope that his display will convince Allardyce to at least involve him as a substitute against Liverpool.

The Everton boss wasn't present against Apollon, as he attended a medical appointment, but he will undoubtedly be aware of the significant impact that Vlasic made.

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