Nikola Vlasic has stated that he will improve as he gets to grips with English football and hopes that he can make a big impression at Goodison Park next season.
The young wideman joined the Merseyside outfit last summer and initially looked like a player capable of making an impact in the Premier League.
However, Vlasic has been frozen out by Sam Allardyce and has seen his opportunities in the Everton first team limited since the turn of the year.
While the versatile forward got an outing in the weekend’s 1-1 draw against Southampton, this was his first chance since January.
Vlasic has assessed his first season at Everton after the game and has admitted that he has high hopes for himself ahead of 2018-19.
“If you are not in the team, it is up to you to work hard and wait for your chance,” The Liverpool Echo quote the 20-year-old as saying.
“Of course you expect that competition for places. With so many good players, you need to fight for your position. I expected that and I knew it would be hard. But I think better days are coming for me.
“I was always training hard, waiting for my chance. When I played before I thought I played well and I think I have adapted well enough to English football.
“Of course I can be better but this is my first season here and it was always going to be hard coming into the Premier League.
“But I hope next season will be my season.”
Vlasic’s trickery and pace could well be excellent assets for an Everton team that has struggled for attacking inspiration under Allardyce this season.
The 20-year-old Croat’s chances have been impeded by the January capture of Theo Walcott but he will surely play more of a role next season.