Sam Allardyce says that more patience is needed with Yannick Bolasie as the winger tries to regain fitness, sharpness and confidence following more than a year on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.
The £28m signing from Crystal Palace ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament and tore the meniscus in one of his knees in December 2016 and didn't return to action until Boxing Day last year.
Since then, Bolasie has struggled to make a consistent impact in matches and it was put to Allardyce by Sky Sports' Vinny O'Connor today that there were some grumbles towards the 28-year-old from supporters during last weekend's Merseyside derby during which he went off in a second-half substitution.
“I didn't hear [an adverse reaction],” Allardyce retorted, “[but] I see an adverse reaction from every crowd.
“If you do a pass wrong there's a negative reaction, if you do a pass right there's a positive reaction.
“Your cruciate ligament, like many long term injuries… when they come back they're expected to be what they were before the injury. While fit it sometimes takes a little bit longer for some than others.
“It's taken Yannick a little bit longer to get in his stride, on the reverse of that it hasn't taken Seamus Coleman quite as long.
“We have to just be patient and allow him to get back to his best but the more he plays, the better he'll get.”
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1 Posted 13/04/2018 at 17:49:43
If Lookman was here, we'd have another option and Bolasie would have been given time. Yet again, we're square pegs in round holes putting Calvert-Lewin out there whenever Bolasie can't play, which makes the absence of Vlasic even more baffling!
2 Posted 13/04/2018 at 18:52:50
Can't Moshiri see what an absolute utter pillock Allardyce really is?
3 Posted 13/04/2018 at 19:38:38
4 Posted 13/04/2018 at 19:47:48
5 Posted 13/04/2018 at 19:58:48
6 Posted 13/04/2018 at 20:00:12
If the squad wasn't so unbalanced, he wouldn't be anywhere near the team. We only have Walcott who doesn't really want to play out wide. Lookman obviously isn't rated by Sam so it's Bolasie on the wing until the end of the season.
Let's hope that the new manager addresses the deficiencies next season. Fingers crossed.
7 Posted 13/04/2018 at 20:07:33
8 Posted 13/04/2018 at 20:16:48
But do you ever really recover from this severe an injury if your primary assets are pace, acceleration, agility etc? I'm not sure. He'll be 29 next month and I'd worry that his (few) best days in an Everton shirt are already behind him. I hope I'm wrong though.
10 Posted 13/04/2018 at 20:29:11
He seems a smashing lad, but very hit or miss on the pitch.
And as Michael Lynch mentions above, those pining for Lookman, he really hasn't shaken the tree over in Germany, other than scoring on his debut.
Nine Bundersliga games Leipzig has played since he arrived, he has featured in 6 of them, mostly as a sub for a total of 224 minutes. That's averaging less than 25 minutes a game over the 9 games. In fact, he didn't get on the pitch at all in 3 games. And as happened twice for Everton this season one game he started he was subbed out at half-time.
I hope Lookman can still blossom for Everton, but he ain't there yet, not by a long way.
11 Posted 13/04/2018 at 20:32:15
Next season is when we can properly evaluate where he stands. Best case scenario, he still has the sort of skills (pace, athleticism, unpredictability) this side desperately needs.
12 Posted 13/04/2018 at 20:33:56
With Mirallas and Lookman departing, Allardyce has basically brought it on himself overloading the player.
13 Posted 13/04/2018 at 20:36:40
14 Posted 13/04/2018 at 20:57:49
15 Posted 13/04/2018 at 21:27:26
16 Posted 13/04/2018 at 21:49:55
17 Posted 13/04/2018 at 21:55:22
I could go on but what's the use Sam will still pick the useless tosser.
18 Posted 13/04/2018 at 22:05:14
Even before his injury, he was at best a mediocre player, with not much special up his sleeve.
Perhaps he's being played to get a good sum of cash for him this summer? >I really don't know why he's playing as he's no good player if I am to be honest.
20 Posted 14/04/2018 at 04:35:52
21 Posted 14/04/2018 at 04:38:35
22 Posted 14/04/2018 at 04:59:35
23 Posted 14/04/2018 at 06:05:30
Bolasie was never a £30M player; Crystal Palace saw Everton coming, as do every other club rubbing their hands together. I have yet to watch one game where you could say Bolasie tore the opposition apart and you could say, "Yep, he was worth every penny." Even before his injury
24 Posted 14/04/2018 at 07:36:18
I accept that my wording maybe harsh but my point is that whilst we accept mediocre players at the club please don't be surprised at our performances and the fact that we have won nothing for 23 years.
Read that again... 23 YEARS.
As for not adding anything to the thread, I thought this was a fans website? Guess what we all might have different views but in future I will check with you first to align... lol!
25 Posted 14/04/2018 at 08:32:51
The thing Bolasie is good at, however, is crossing a ball and if he just simplified his game and starts cutting out the unnecessary step-overs all the time, then he might be a useful asset to have on the right wing.
You need super quick feet to perfect the art of the step over a bit like Deulofeu had or a better example Ronaldo. Bolasie hasn't really got quick feet, he looks cumbersome when doing it and it never comes off.
26 Posted 14/04/2018 at 08:58:53
27 Posted 14/04/2018 at 10:35:26
28 Posted 14/04/2018 at 11:55:08
We paid over the odds for him because, generally speaking, that's what new-monied, non-achieving clubs have to do.
Hopefully when we have a manager with some ideas on picking a team with pace, pattern and method, Bolasie will be fit enough to fit into it.
30 Posted 14/04/2018 at 12:18:40
He sent Lookman out on loan and Vlasic has disappeared completely. Now I am not saying long term they are the answer but at the time they were fit to play in the first team when Bolasie clearly wasn't.
Getting away from his injury which 10 years ago was a career finisher. I don't think Bolasie gives us anything at all. His goals per game ratio is poor, he seems more intent on doing a trick every time he receives the ball. But if Allardyce thinks Bolasie when fit is the answer then we really do have problems.
31 Posted 14/04/2018 at 12:48:19
33 Posted 14/04/2018 at 13:34:22
However, although I understand why we took him, unfortunately Yannick was totally the wrong man.
Bolasie, pre- or post_injury, is an inconsistent, self indulgent, non goal scoring or assist providing, 1 good game in 3 player. A Match of the Day "highlights" player who has just never been that good. This is the reason he played for Palace for years.
Walsh and Koeman identifying Bolasie as one of the "ready made" buy for now purchases was ridiculous as he had quite frankly never even made it. Bolasie was 28 when we took him and the flaws he has in his game are never going to be eradicated. He is never going to get any better.
If we had paid £28 million for a 22-year-old Bolasie and his faults I'd have been ok with it, as the potential would be there to develop him and then, by the age of perhaps 25, you'd have some player. But this won't happen as, in football terms he is what he is. He is basically a fast version of Peter Beagrie.
When he got injured there was a thread on here and I got coated for posting that he was one of the most over-priced players I'd ever seen. This is still the case. I live in London at the moment and was talking to a Palace fan a few weeks ago. He said that when we came calling with the £28 million the majority of their fans basically thought, "That'll do us."
For me, Bolasie is an irresponsible, immature and self-indulgent player. One of his posts on Twitter was quite revealing. There was some "skillz" hashtag thing (I can't remember exactly what) and Bolasie posted a clip of himself playing for us away to Sunderland. He had the ball just inside the Sunderland half on the left, did some mad elaborate bit of skill to get away from the first man and then did an old-style kick and run to outpace the next opponent. He over ran the ball but, because of his genuine pace, just managed to get a cross in on his left foot before the line.
The clip ended as the cross, which was poor, was cut out by the first defender. Yannick seemed to think this was good play. I assume this was why he posted it. It sums his game up. Flashy, but ultimately not much product.
As I say, it's not his fault we signed him. What he does represent, however, is one of the worst excesses of a mental transfer policy which will take years to recover from.
35 Posted 14/04/2018 at 13:59:21
36 Posted 14/04/2018 at 18:17:30
I keep reading in the Echo that Schneiderlin has played well in the last two games: he scored 7 today, but he is absolutely useless.
Finally, Rooney is being asked to play a role for which he is totally unsuited.
All-in-all, Everton start each match at a disadvantage.
37 Posted 14/04/2018 at 18:47:51
This manager is clearly very indulgent towards some players and contemptuously dismissive of others. This is no way to run a railroad and, with nothing to play for I for, one would not have minded seeing what Klaassen could do in his favoured position.
38 Posted 14/04/2018 at 23:05:03
39 Posted 15/04/2018 at 01:18:13
Remember the days when our wide men used to link up with our brilliant overlapping full-backs to great effect? Now, we have to put up with this shapeless, hopeless, unutterable shite from no-marks on more money than the likes of Spurs are paying fellas who perform superbly, week-in & week-out.
I've never felt less interested in my team and I've been going for 48 years.
40 Posted 15/04/2018 at 05:17:39
Common words to describe Bolasie are 'pace', 'athleticism', 'unpredictable'... I use 'frustrating'. We have a few players similar: Lookman, Mirallas, Niasse.
Bolasie has the raw ingredients but no football brain and that isn't going to improve at his age. He's always been the same so, when he does score a goal, it's often out of nothing, a piece of individual magic.
An expensive piece of luxury we didn't need but, just like Sigurdsson, now an Everton player certainly worth keeping for Plan B.
We just need a manager with a Plan A.
Mancini is the man for me.
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