Yannick Bolasie says that he feels his long-term knee injury could make him a better player and that he is hoping for the perfect Christmas present – a return to the pitch before 2018.
Sidelined since December after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament and damaging the meniscus in the same knee, Bolasie has undergone two surgeries that threatened to keep him out of action until early next year.
Bolasie is hopeful of beating that early prognosis by completing his recovery by Christmas but, regardless of when he does return, he feels the injury will make him a more composed player and that he will emerge from his rehabilitation with his pace intact.
"Getting back in December would be the best Christmas present," the Congolese international told Mirror Sport. "A player like me always wants to be on the pitch.
"Strangely, I think that having this injury will give me the composure that I have been looking for. I know that will take my game to another level. I am going to be subconsciously more cautious with any sharp movements, but that should improve my game massively.
"My old managers — Alan Pardew and Tony Pulis — always felt I would gain more composure with age. Now I have had this injury, I think it will come, but I don't think I will lose my pace or my sprinting. And I feel strong already."
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1 Posted 21/06/2017 at 19:14:28
Best of luck :)
2 Posted 21/06/2017 at 19:27:41
4 Posted 21/06/2017 at 20:04:00
I disagree with those that say he wasn't playing well before the injury, I thought he was a big threat and was linking with Rom great.
5 Posted 21/06/2017 at 20:08:38
He brings a fantastic energy to the team & has a great attitude on and off the pitch. Plus he is a born entertain & gives the crowd a boost!
Best of luck to him on his recovery!
Can't wait to see him back out there!
6 Posted 21/06/2017 at 20:14:18
7 Posted 21/06/2017 at 20:58:11
8 Posted 21/06/2017 at 21:26:44
Hope he gets back to his best
9 Posted 21/06/2017 at 23:04:07
Both will likely miss the first half of the season, at best.
10 Posted 21/06/2017 at 23:14:11
It's amazing how many key players Everton have had down the years who don't seem to get little injuries but very serious ones that keep players out for long periods of time. Of course other teams have players injured but when your squad is not as deep as others it is very hard to get results despite the best efforts of replacements from the bench or the reserves.
I do think Everton suffered badly when Bolasie, Besic, Coleman and Funes Mori all were unavailable last season.
11 Posted 21/06/2017 at 23:32:37
But he was an expensive purchase that, for me, Koeman compromised the team structure to incorporate him into to justify at the time our biggest signing.
Our form with Bolasie in the side was woeful in the November/December period. That wasn't Bolasie's fault as there were other problems but Koeman kept on changing the line-up yet always kept him in the side and we weren't doing well. Barkley was the biggest loser during that period as he was kept out or put on as sub to try saving games (a trend that was repeated in the run-in).
Bolasie got injured, as did others, Koeman was forced to change the side and we went on a winning streak where Barkley and Davies looked really good for 3 months.
I find it strange that a 28-year-old is predicting he will return from injury having learned to be composed. Wingers are normally spent forces by 30-ish so he should have learned that by his early 20s. I like the lad yet I think he's become political in Koeman's egotistical mission to always seem like he knows what he's doing.
Sissoko anyone? Who sanctioned that attempt?
I hope Yannick is fit and healthy and does return and I am sure Koeman will have him on the pitch at the earliest opportunity. I also hope he does something special at Anfield. But I cannot see him being a long-term option.
12 Posted 21/06/2017 at 23:57:26
13 Posted 22/06/2017 at 01:29:56
He would be a good option from the bench, for me, but I hope he isn't in our starting XI.
14 Posted 22/06/2017 at 02:42:38
I think he would be better as a impact sub and IF he proves he's good enough then he has to work for a starting place. Unlike our previous manager, I don't think big Ron has his favorites.
Ronald is a winner although sometimes many on here think he plays a negative formula away from home. This season is the big one for Ron, it will mostly be his team with his game plans.
Most Blue fans are excited with the new signings and are hoping we hit the ground running. Me I'm still on the fence and happy to see what unfolds. It would be nice to beat Liverpool, but not by a spawny goal,, a win that states, "We're back in business get used to it, and move over."
15 Posted 22/06/2017 at 07:46:37
16 Posted 22/06/2017 at 08:36:43
17 Posted 22/06/2017 at 08:59:17
18 Posted 22/06/2017 at 09:10:30
Like the 1-1 draw when Alan Harper scored and Sharp missed a penalty, we knew we were on the up. More importantly those bastards knew it as well and didn't like it one bit.
19 Posted 22/06/2017 at 09:15:49
Great news just get it done before he gets any more coverage at the U21s.
BTW, Rick@7 we got Mike Trebilcock from Plymouth Argyle.
20 Posted 22/06/2017 at 09:27:13
Hopefully I am wrong and the pace will be regained but with more intelligence on the ball.
21 Posted 22/06/2017 at 10:12:58
I thought he struggled just before his injury but to be fair the team and Koeman's system were evolving at that time. Good luck though.
22 Posted 22/06/2017 at 10:20:31
"I am going to be subconsciously more cautious with any sharp movements, but that should improve my game massively."
The Psychology of an injury usually has a negative effect, doesn't it? And by being cautious would it not impact his style of play? Which was the reason we bought him in the first place.
23 Posted 22/06/2017 at 13:12:52
I know it's hard to make a definitive assessment on his limited outings thus far, but I do feel, as some have too, inconsistency is a trait in his performance.
Anyway, I do wish him a speedy recovery, and welcome his return he'll be just like a new signing!
24 Posted 22/06/2017 at 13:38:22
His price tag is utterly meaningless to the narrative of his recovery.
25 Posted 22/06/2017 at 15:39:52
On a different subject I am wondering if Everton have stopo spending now because they are waiting for money to come through for Lukaku. Don't get me wrong I think Everton have done amazingly well getting the 2 possible 3 players in early, but don't understand why if Everton have known there targets for such a long time why they don't simply buy them and have everyone ready for pre-season.
Are Everton still looking for players which would suggest to me they don't know what they are looking for as such. What's happened to the Swansea player or Keane or Smalling all are available it believe.
27 Posted 23/06/2017 at 12:48:56
This could also be Koeman's last season by then so to risky.
Everton should forget the deal and move on; otherwise it's Lukaku all over again. He clearly wants to play in Spain and is just using Everton as a stop gap as it's the World Cup season.
28 Posted 23/06/2017 at 14:41:25
29 Posted 23/06/2017 at 16:04:40
Really miss his energy and the usually important points-winning goals.
30 Posted 23/06/2017 at 17:07:31
It seems strange trying to figure out how an injury can make a player better, but maybe Yannick, like most footballers, has only ever really thought about himself? Not a bad thing really, especially when he employs his own people to help maximize his talent, but now he's had time to reflect, and watch a lot of football without participating, then maybe he's seen something through the looking glass?
I hope so because composure, or a little bit more thought is probably the only asset he's never really had that much of and he could be a really top player if he can add this to his game.
31 Posted 24/06/2017 at 12:28:05
I'm not convinced that we have seen the best of him yet and I'm hoping that playing in a better team with a more mobile centre-forward than Lukaku will bring him on...
34 Posted 25/06/2017 at 11:20:39
35 Posted 25/06/2017 at 15:37:05
His pace was a huge component of this so fingers crossed for a full recovery. Not every player loses something after even a serious injury.
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