Joe Jones takes a look at what new signing Yannick Bolasie will bring to Everton Football Club…
Everton have captured the signature of 27-year-old Congolese winger Yannick Bolasie, paying a fee of between £25-30m to Crystal Palace for his services.
Having shelled out what may end up a club record fee for Bolasie, it is clear that Ronald Koeman is set on making Bolasie a key fixture in the team this season, adding extra competition on the wings and potentially providing support on the front line for Romelu Lukaku.
In this article I will take a look at what makes Bolasie such a key signing for Everton and why Steve Walsh and Ronald Koeman were prepared to pay a swollen fee for the former Crystal Palace man.
It is fair to say Bolasie’s return of goals and assists over his Palace career doesn’t jump off a page, and consistency has been his main issue at Palace – a match-winning performance one week followed by 5 games of anonymity.
However, that’s rather been the story of Palace as a whole since they returned to the Premier League – some weeks they look red hot, and then others they look like relegation fodder.
Ronald Koeman’s job now that he has secured Bolasie’s services is to help him focus and achieve a level of performance that sees him play his best far more often than not.
If Koeman can unlock that formula, which we should trust that he can, Bolasie could kick on and become one of the league’s most feared wingers.
We all remember his performances against us and Liverpool – we probably look back with more fondness at the latter. He truly grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and, there’s no other way to put it, took the absolute piss.
Bolasie is one of those rarities in the game in that he is a player who can genuinely win a football match all on his own – look at his ten minute hat trick against Sunderland in the 2014/15 season, or the game against Liverpool where he calmly controlled the ball with his shin and flicked it over his and Dejan Lovren’s head, causing Lovren to fall over in an attempt to stop the rampant Bolasie, who calmly crossed it into the path of a waiting teammate who slotted it past Mignolet.
This is a man who has trickery, pace, power and a knack for the incredible that will get crowds flocking to Goodison to see him play.
We’ve all seen clips of his ridiculous flick to beat Christian Eriksen, and some of his mesmerising solo runs, but we must also remember the games in which he has been all but absent and the frustrations that every Palace fan experienced over his inconsistency. If Ronald Koeman can help Bolasie channel his abilities so he can perform every game, he could wreak havoc on Premier League defences.
After having passed on a move to Spurs earlier in his Palace career he obviously feels the time is right to try and fulfil his potential under a manager with the pedigree of Ronald Koeman.
Having seen the immediate impact Koeman has had on the current Everton squad, I see no reason why Bolasie cannot kick on and become one of the top wingers in the league. At £25m, we should see no less.
Look forward to exciting Goodison nights with Yannick Bolasie making heads fall off.
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