Everton are back in Premier League action this weekend as they take on Brighton and Hove Albion at Goodison Park, and will be looking for a morale-boosting win.
The Toffees are coming off the back of two away defeats at Watford and Burnley, and manager Sam Allardyce desperately needs a win to ease the mounting pressure on his position.
Allardyce will be considering changes to the side which lost at Burnley, but one player who shouldn't expect to feature is winger Nikola Vlasic.
The 20-year-old Croatian, signed from Hajduk Split last summer in a £10million deal (BBC Sport), had shown promise under Ronald Koeman, but has featured just twice under Allardyce in 2018, and hasn't been seen since January 20th.
Now, Allardyce has told the Liverpool Echo that he feels it has been a difficult season for the youngster, and he may only feature regularly from next season onwards.
With Everton struggling, fans want to see Vlasic be given a chance to shine, and Allardyce's comments haven't gone down well on Twitter.
Many believe that Allardyce is misusing Vlasic and other young Everton talents, calling for him to feature ahead of somebody like Yannick Bolasie between now and the end of the season.
Others forgot that Vlasic was even at the club due to Allardyce not using him, whilst one fan believes that Allardyce won't even be around to see Vlasic in action next season anyway, predicting his sacking.
Honestly don’t get what Allardyce is doing with Vlasic. Don’t see him for weeks and then he gets thrown in the team, his last two games having Martina and Holgate (who can’t play right back) covering him, and then people wonder why he plays badly— Adam (@AdamJ347) March 7, 2018
Alladyce has killed the young players at Everton. Loaned out or not in the squad. Not one of them getting a look in and he's happy with the performances of the senior players. Don't tell me vlasic can't do a better job than Bolasie right now.— Peter C (@peterblue66) March 7, 2018
I would to see Vlasic given a chance to flourish this season for we need to see creativity and pace up front.— Roger Williams (@RogerWi33581994) March 7, 2018
Sam Allardyce talking about his hopes for Vlasic next season. I'm sure he'll be over the moon watching him come into the side properly... from the Talksport studio. #EFC— Terry McAllister (@terrymcallister) March 6, 2018
I forgot we even had Vlasic! Him and Baningme being completely dropped from first team picture is a complete mystery— End The Season Now (@Amcgregor21) March 6, 2018
its cos sam hasnt got a clue how to deal with young players. he likes old pros who he can put straight in and tell em what to do. at bolton he bought in old pros and he got the best out of them. we must have one of the best young players in the league. but no he wont play em— nicholas martin (@letsmoan1303) March 6, 2018