Though Evertonians had to wait for the player-acquisition phase of Ronald Koeman's introduction to Everton to really get going, they were finally rewarded for what patience they had left in August when the first of the new signings selected by the Dutchman and new Director of Football Steve Walsh began to arrive.
Following Idrissa Gueye and Ashley Williams through the door two days after the season-opener against Tottenham Hotspur was Yannick Bolasie in a deal with Crystal Palace that was officially undisclosed but various reports suggested that once appearance-related clauses are taken into account, it could eventually equal Everton's most expensive ever signing, matching the £28m paid to Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku.
The 27-year-old's move from Selhurst Park brought to an end a four-year spell with Palace, during which time he had emerged as one of the most feared wingers in the Premier League on his day, albeit one noted for his inconsistency and comparative lack of goals.
Though born in Lyon, France, Bolasie's career prior to Everton had, with the exception of a year in Malta with Floriana, been spent in England after he joined Rushden & Diamonds' youth setup at the age of 16.
He returned from his Maltese adventure when he was offered a trial by Plymouth Argyle where he spent three seasons before joining Barnet on loan for the 2009-10 season. He returned to Plymouth after scoring five goals in 42 games for the London side before Bristol City snapped him up on a two-year deal in 2011.
While he would be named that club's Young Player of the Year, Bolasie handed in a transfer request at the end of his first season because he wanted to return to London and he got his wish when Palace picked him up for an undisclosed fee.
His performances there were enough to earn him an international call-up to the Congolese national side, although he initially turned down the chance to represent them in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations because he wanted to concentrate on his club form.
Despite his tendency towards erraticism, he also came to be regarded as one of the Premier League's most technically gifted players, attributes that when combined with his pace and power make him a feared opponent.
A reported target of Tottenham Hotspur the year before, it seemed unlikely that Bolasie would move outside of the southeast given his love for London but a fresh opportunity at Everton beckoned where Koeman would look to harness his abilities so that he could deliver on a consistent basis in his new team.
He started well with a nice cross that Lukaku buried in their first game together, and that would be the beginning of a burgeoning relationship the Big Man benefitted plenty from –– even though Bolasie did steal the ball off his toe to hammer home a fine goal at Burnley.
Some mixed play followed, with Boalsie's form firstly suffering together with the rest of teh team as the 2016-17 season developed... before disaster struck for the Congolese star when he fell awkwardly under a challenge in the Man Utd game and ruptured a knee ligament that would effectively end his season after only 13 Premier League games.
|Date of birth||24 May 1989|
|Joined||15 August 2016|
|Joined from||Crystal Palace|
|Signed by||Ronald Koeman|
|Contract duration||5 years|
|Contract expires||June 2021|
12 September 2016
|Previous Clubs||Rushden & Diamonds
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|Season||Squad No.||League Apps (sub)||League Goals||Cup Apps (sub)||Cup Goals||Total Apps (sub)||Total Goals|
|2016-17||14||12 (1)||1||1 (1)||0||13 (2)||1|
|Totals||12 (1)||1||1 (1)||0||13 (2)||1|
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