Everton have snapped up the services of DR Congo international Yannick Bolasie from Crystal Palace for a figure of around £25m. The former Crystal Palace man signed on a 5-year deal which will keep him at the club till 2021. Everton have been diligently pursuing the winger for a few weeks now and finally succeeded in securing their target.
Everton have high hopes for the new season after having appointed Ronald Koeman and tasked him with bringing the club back on track after a listless season under Roberto Martinez. Koeman could not turn down the allure of the tradition and conventional history of the club and despite building a promising project at St.Mary’s Stadium made the controversial switch to Merseyside.
Everton have a talented core but their issues have been mainly inconsistency from the players and the inability to click together. The Dutchman has slowly but surely started his restructuring of the squad and Bolasie has become the first attacking player to join the club in the new era. Earlier John Stones was bought by Manchester City for a massive £47.5m thereby allowing them to become more active in the market after the sale.
Alan Pardew had hinted at the player’s future after Palace’s first match when he went on to say Bolasie’s interests lay elsewhere.
“We know his heart and soul may be elsewhere.”
After the completion of the move the player was visibly delighted and said that the stature of the club made the move a no-brainer for him.
“Now that I’ve come to Everton, the job is not done. I’ve got to work hard and feel my way in. I’m ready and up for the challenge.
“It’s not about the money for me. It’s about looking at the ambition of the club and where they are trying to get to. I just like to play football.”
Bolasie moved to Crystal Palace from Bristol City in 2012 and has gone on to make 143 appearances over four seasons at the club scoring 13 goals in the process. The 27-year old attacking player is capable of playing all across the front and his pace, strength and direct football makes him an enticing prospect according to his new manager Ronald Koeman.
“Yannick is a player who has been a long time on my radar because he’s the type of winger I like – fast, strong and he can play different positions in the forward line. He’s a really good signing for the club.”
While he has time and again shown glimpses of his capability, at 27, he has to start producing the final product and his lack of an end product is what has got the twitteratis to ridicule the transfer fee for the player.
Imagine paying 30 million for bolasie
— sam (@IwobiFlick) August 15, 2016
— Ja Sam Grujić (@LFCTikiTaka) August 15, 2016
— Rhythm of Zat Knight (@93rdmin) August 15, 2016
@Everton You took your time announcing that now hurry up and announce some more players don’t tweet shite like tennis ball challenge
— Jay (@EFC_Jayy) August 15, 2016
@Everton All the piss taking aside I can’t believe they have paid what they have for this fella! He’s bang average and that’s being polite.
— Lee Pardon (@B1gLeeP89) August 15, 2016
— The DooD (@RudeDoody) August 15, 2016
— jack (@07983Holt) August 15, 2016
@Everton don’t get on his back when he shoots and takes a floodlight out
— John Humphries (@Humpo72) August 15, 2016