Could previous Nikola Vlasic blow end up giving Tottenham chance to land Ademola Lookman?

Mauricio Pochettino the Spurs manager celebrates his team's goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at Boleyn Ground on August 16, 2014...

Spurs target Ademola Lookman hasn't been helped by Nikola Vlasic's arrival at Everton.

Nikola Vlasic of Everton scores his sides second goal during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Everton FC and Apollon Limassol at Goodison Park on September 28, 2017 in...

Tottenham Hotspur would have a right to feel a little frustrated if Nikola Vlasic continues his promising start to life at Everton. Because the former Hajduk Split winger, who cost The Toffees £10 million in the summer (BBC), snubbed the chance to make the move to Spurs back in 2014.

“I never eyed the money behind big transfers, I was always looking at how to improve and what could help me improve”, an 18-year-old Vlasic told Sports Gazette. “Just for fun I told my father ‘yeah sure let’s go to England’ but honestly I couldn’t picture myself there, yet. I was only focusing on Hajduk.”

“Now I feel much more mature and when Everton showed interest I didn’t hesitate at all.”

However, Spurs could eventually stand to benefit from missing out on one of Europe’s brightest attacking talents. If Ademola Lookman was struggling for opportunities at Goodison Park before, he will not be helped by the addition of another young winger fighting for a place.

Ademola Lookman of Everton competes with Nikola Vlasic of Hajduk Split during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Play-Offs round first leg match between Everton FC and Hajduk Split at...

And it just so happens that a Tottenham side who, like Everton, are on the lookout for some of the country’s top young talents, harbour hopes of bringing Lookman to North London in the near future, per The Mirror.

The 19-year-old enjoyed a dream start to his Everton career after joining from Charlton Athletic for £11 million in January, scoring on his debut in a 4-0 thrashing of Manchester City.

Ademola Lookman of Everton is challenged by Joachim Andersen of Twente during a preseason friendly match between FC Twente and Everton FC at Sportpark de Stockakker on July 19, 2017 in De...

Despite starring at the Under-20 World Cup and impressing in pre-season, however, Lookman has fallen down the pecking order without a Premier League appearance to his name all season.

The arrival of Vlasic, therefore, could further restrict the South London local’s hopes of first-team football on Merseyside. Could Spurs missing out on the 20-year-old back in 2014 inadvertently help them land one of England’s hottest prospects in the current day?

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