Bolasie edges closer to Everton switch

14 August  141 Comments  [Jump to last]
Updated Yannick Bolasie's appearance as a substitute in Crystal Palace's defeat to West Bromwich Albion is expected to be his last for the Londoners.

His move to Goodison Park should go through this week with Sky Sports sources confirming rumours that the winger is set to have a medical today.

Yesterday, Palace manager Alan Pardew had admitted a deal for Bolasie was close,

"We know there is a big offer and a big club in for him," Pardew told the media, while avoiding to mention Everton by name.

"The deal is close and he will go with my best wishes. There's no medical done or agreement 100% done.

"It's fair to say we know his heart and soul may be elsewhere."

Bolasie is the subject of a reported £25m bid from Everton after Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh identified the DR Congo international as a key target ahead of this month's transfer deadline.


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Kevin Rowlands
1 Posted 13/08/2016 at 22:37:52
From an ITK who usually gives out reliable info, Bolasie AND Joe Hart in by Tuesday. I'd be very happy with that. Hart/Stekelenburg is a massive upgrade on Howard/Robles and Bolasie is a beast of a player when firing on all cylinders. The window is starting to look really good for me.
Mike Gaynes
2 Posted 13/08/2016 at 22:42:12
Bolasie has more pace than anybody we currently have... great threat. But he's not a goalscorer.

I would be shocked if we bought Hart. A loan perhaps, but NEVER on a purchase.

Jason Thomas
3 Posted 13/08/2016 at 22:50:37
Seen loads saying no thanks to Hart. He makes 2/3 mistakes a year, yes, but add 10 points to our total with him also. He's genuine world class!

Bolasie is going to be a great signing and Koeman will get the best out of him. Add Mata to that and hold on to Lukaku, we will be one hell of a force this season.

Eivind Nyhus
4 Posted 13/08/2016 at 23:05:58
Hart on loan would be great, not sure about Bolasie. His assists and goals seems lacking for a winger.
Jimmy Salt
5 Posted 13/08/2016 at 23:20:09
Looking at the game today we desperately need someone to put it in the onion bag.
Clarence Yurcan
6 Posted 13/08/2016 at 23:25:03
Kevin, hope you're right! People like to talk down Hart, but he's miles better than Robles/Stekelenberg
Amit Vithlani
7 Posted 13/08/2016 at 23:26:06
No thanks to Hart. We need RB cover ahead of another GK. Stek and Robles, under proper organisation and coaching, will do fine. On todays performance Stek deserves to stay in the side.

Yes to Bolasie from me. 3-5-2 is fine with the squad we have but any formation requiring a proper LW would require us playing square pegs in round holes. Bolasie would fill a gap.

Mata too would provide the craft we need whilst Lamine Kone and Bony would complete the squad.

Next week will be interesting.

Phil Davies
8 Posted 13/08/2016 at 23:31:47
Crystal Palace's lack of a decent striker could in part be the reason for a lack of assists, also a lack of extra quality players could be the reason for a lack of goals. Maybe he'd preform better at a team with better players around him.

Regards Joe Hart, it's tough; he seems more prone to noticeable mistakes over the last few seasons, but I still think he'd be an improvement over what we have, plus I still think there are better keepers for probably less money.

James Watts
9 Posted 13/08/2016 at 23:49:43
Not saying anything. ;)
Carl Sanderson
10 Posted 13/08/2016 at 23:53:19
Hart plus Bolasie? Yes.
Gordon Crawford
11 Posted 14/08/2016 at 00:21:18
I think we need two strikers and if Lukaku goes, make that three. Bolasie will be a good signing. Hart I'm not so sure about.
Kase Chow
12 Posted 14/08/2016 at 00:32:27
Definitely need 2 strikers in and 3 if Lukaku goes

We literally have no reliable goalscorers behind Lukaku – how has that been allowed to happen?

Christopher Kelly
13 Posted 14/08/2016 at 01:41:51
Bolasie is one of those players where stats don't tell the whole story. He basically has no one to pass to when he makes his scintillating runs. Wickham, Gayle and Adebayor last season were abject at best. He'll be an incredible purchase if slotted into the right system.
Andrew James
14 Posted 14/08/2016 at 02:27:33
Pardew said some very odd things about his stats which made it sound like he was glad to get rid yet would be dumb for someone you want to sell for as much as possible.

Dominic Tonge
15 Posted 14/08/2016 at 02:52:01
You can't trust a word that Captain Mars Bar says anyway.
Ernie Baywood
17 Posted 14/08/2016 at 07:37:17
Did Pardew just describe us as a big club? Changed his tune since his Newcastle days hasn't he?
John McGimpsey
18 Posted 14/08/2016 at 08:06:01
Bolaise stunk the place out yesterday. Maybe his mind is not in it. But his goal return is a massive worry. An out-and-out striker is and was a must but, as is the Everton way, they are probably all bought now.
Brian Foley
19 Posted 14/08/2016 at 08:06:13
Just doing the maths here try this. From the current rumours:

Mata £25m
Bolasie £18-25m
Kone £17m
Hart £10m? = £77m tops.

Sell Lukaku reported £75m (not my figures) with Begovic/Remy thrown in = healthy or E really does = mc² after all.
James Morgan
20 Posted 14/08/2016 at 08:11:52
Get the lad in. Lukaku, Mirallas, Del, Bolasie and Barkley as our attackers, teams won't relish coming up against that lot. Not to mention another potential striker.

As for Hart, all keepers make mistakes, but when you're England's number one who plays at one of the money boys, they get noticed and highlighted ten fold.

Adam Gough
21 Posted 14/08/2016 at 10:07:08
Ernie I thought the very same thing. Personally I don't like the man for previous delusional trash talk. Unless he is talking about another club – now that would be on form!

I like Bolasie and have to trust the manger to get everything out of him every week. On balance, Hart is a no-brainer, a level above what we have, and is a big voice at the back and a winner. A year-long loan to buy would be the best deal.

Stephen Brown
22 Posted 14/08/2016 at 10:27:03
SSN breaking news – on his way for a medical!!
Adam Gough
23 Posted 14/08/2016 at 10:28:05
SSN just announced he is on the way up north for a medical - with the big club...
Geoff Evans
24 Posted 14/08/2016 at 10:32:09
Leave Hart where he is; we just got rid of one over-rated player to City; we don't want one in return.
Mark Tanton
25 Posted 14/08/2016 at 10:33:08
Get a blue shirt on him quick, and move on to Kone.
Sam Hoare
26 Posted 14/08/2016 at 10:34:21
Keep hoping we'll switch to Ziyech or Perisic or Tadic (I know he fell out with Koeman). Will have to make my peace with it as looks like it's happening.

He's only got a few years till his pace starts to diminish so hope he makes a quick impact and can find more end product and consistency than he did at Palace. Most of their fans seem pretty happy to let him go for £25m which is never the best sign but will trust Koeman and Walsh' judgement.

Mark Tanton
27 Posted 14/08/2016 at 10:38:34
Bolasie and Gana change the entire approach of the Everton midfield. Aggression, pace and directness. Koeman is really getting to grips with the malaise.

Aymeb Abdennour supposedly in for medical too? A Tunisian centre half.

Chris Gould
28 Posted 14/08/2016 at 10:44:27
Sam, The Sun are reporting that we have beaten WHU to Ziyech in a £10 mill deal. Make of that what you will.

Actually, just re-read it... it's Ghezzal, not Ziyech.

Alec Smith
29 Posted 14/08/2016 at 10:54:58
Bolasie and Hart don't get my pulse racing. But Ziyach could be interesting.

In Koeman we trust least for now.

Mike Allison
30 Posted 14/08/2016 at 10:55:35
Sky Sports News say Bolasie is travelling to Merseyside for a medical right now.
Ari Sigurgeirsson
31 Posted 14/08/2016 at 11:00:17
I see Bolasie as a replacement for Pienaar. Bolasie is much stronger and bigger and better compared to Pienaar's last few years. I used to love Pienaar and still do but Bolasie is an upgrade no doubt.
Brian Hennessy
32 Posted 14/08/2016 at 11:05:39
Off topic but I wonder how City fans are feeling after such a glaring mistake from Stones yesterday, a lot of money to spend on a defender who still struggles to do the basics.
Mark Tanton
33 Posted 14/08/2016 at 11:07:30
He isn't there as the finished article though. He's basically had no tutoring in his craft, he's fumbled his way along like Barkley under the previous manager's dysfunctional reign. He will vastly improve.
Tony Draper
35 Posted 14/08/2016 at 11:36:40
Brian @32 & Mark @33.

Yep, he was up to his old tricks again yesterday which cost City a goal. His fault. But, hey these things can happen. He's only 22, still learning. Just not learning very fast.

£47.5M is a fine price for an uncut diamond.

And whether he learns or doesn't learn ceased to be an issue for me when he raised the sky blue jersey.

Mason Holgate did pretty well against Spurs. OK Lamela beat him in the air for their equalizer, and but I'm pretty sure that Stones wouldn't have won that header either.

Michael Polley
36 Posted 14/08/2016 at 11:48:41
Next week will be very interesting...
Joe Digney
37 Posted 14/08/2016 at 11:56:40
So the 4 signings look like they could be, Bolasie, this Tunisian centre half, Hart, and maybe a Number 10 or a striker? (Depending on Rom's future... maybe two strikers if Rom goes). Personally I'd do what it takes to keep Rom and push the boat out for Mata.
Kunal Desai
38 Posted 14/08/2016 at 12:09:51
I think Koeman has already moved to get in a goalkeeper and, on the evidence of yesterday's performance, that isn't a priority in the short term.

Assuming Coleman returns after the international break, we don't urgently require cover. We need another centre-half, creative midfielder, and possibly two strikers.

What does need resolving is the issue surrounding Lukaku. Get it resolved asap and not on the final day of the window.

Gareth Clark
39 Posted 14/08/2016 at 12:19:40

Add a keeper ASAP, although Steklenberg looks solid for now.

Gerry Quinn
40 Posted 14/08/2016 at 12:29:58
Speaking after his side's defeat at Selhurst Park, Eagles boss Alan Pardew told the BBC: 'We know there is a big offer and a big club in for him.

'The deal is close and he will go with my best wishes. There's no medical done or agreement 100% done.'

'It's fair to say we know his heart and soul may be elsewhere.'

News in is that Bolasie is undergoing medical at FF today...fee circa £25 million.

Tom Bowers
41 Posted 14/08/2016 at 12:32:57
Why are some people obsessed with a new keeper? Everton have two good keepers. Howard was a good keeper until age caught up with him but many always blamed him when the Blues lost rather than the crap he had in front of him or the defensive strategies that Moyes and Martinez had (or never had).

Hart is a good keeper but suspect, like many others. He doesn't rate as high as some of the best who are not available at this time. Stekelenburg has done well so far, as has Robles, so let's give them some latitude. (Just for the record, I was never a goalkeeper.)

Tony Twist
42 Posted 14/08/2016 at 12:40:54
Hopefully this will be sorted quickly. We need an up-and-coming goalscorer more than anything. No to Joe Hart, he makes way too many mistakes and has basically lost his edge, he has been pampered too much.

I would also hope for a creative midfielder, a young Alonso that can bring out of defence, go box to box and also produce 60-yard killer passes to our forwards. We should be producing left and right backs from the youth as cover.

Simon Jones
43 Posted 14/08/2016 at 13:26:47
Having seen Stekelenburg yesterday, we might we be okay with him as first choice with Robles a tried & tested back-up?

I will be made up with Bolassie & Kone Mk II in, even more made up with Kone Mk I, Niasse and McGeady finding new employment. Shame Roberto didn't take a club job as he brought his faves with him and I was hoping for him to take them to his new job.

Simon Jones
44 Posted 14/08/2016 at 13:28:43
@ Tony 42
Isn't that midfielder playing for us already? He's called Barkley and this is his season if he listens to the new boss.
Dave Ganley
45 Posted 14/08/2016 at 13:31:40
Get this sorted quickly and then get a playmaker in as soon as. Not sure about Hart, would depend on how much he costs I suppose. Still a good keeper. Yes he may be pampered at Citeh but I get the impression that nobody will be pampered under Koeman which can only be a good thing.

A new striker is also a must regardless of what Lukaku does. Yesterday just showed why we need one before the window closes.

Ciarán McGlone
46 Posted 14/08/2016 at 13:38:53
Mata started for United. I guess we can put that one to bed.
Tony McNulty
48 Posted 14/08/2016 at 13:49:18
Mark Tanton (33)

I have to compliment you on your wonderful little aphorism: "under the previous manager's dysfunctional reign."

This phrase can save a great deal of time during this coming season e.g.:

- "We were doing well against Spurs for a while yesterday until the team felt the effects of the lack of fitness under the previous manager's dysfunctional reign."

- "I hope we don't line up against the Shite in the same manner as we did under the previous manager's dysfunctional reign."

- "It was good to see us try to close out the game unlike the way we used to play under the previous manager's dysfunctional reign."

- "We need our defenders to see their first job as defending, as opposed to what used to happen under the previous manager's dysfunctional reign."

- "A goal from a set piece is worth the same as a goal from open play in direct contrast to the views which used to be expressed under the previous manager's dysfunctional reign."

Colin Glassar
50 Posted 14/08/2016 at 13:51:00
Hopefully, Ciaran; games just pass him by on too many occasions.

Why don't we go for this lad Callum Wilson from Bournemouth? Young, strong, quick and very skillful and he probably wouldn't cost a fortune. Far better than the likes of Kalinic who looked like a donkey at Blackburn.

Mark Tanton
51 Posted 14/08/2016 at 13:51:46
Thanks Tony, I thought I'd save us all a load of time this season.

We could even abbreviate it to, quite simply, UPMDR.

Steve Bingham
54 Posted 14/08/2016 at 14:23:12
I don't think that any of us can reject any possible signing out of hand as you only have to see what Koeman has done with the players so far as the benchmark to realise he knows what he wants and how to get it.

Under Bobby brown shoes, McCarthy, Mirallas, Barkley, Baines... in fact, all of them, were unfit and uninterested; but yesterday they all put a shift in. I know it's only one game but thank God for a manager who is able to make us competitive with the hope of better to come.

John Audsley
55 Posted 14/08/2016 at 14:39:49
Why would Man City loan us Joe Hart?

We are attempting to rival them in the near future and in my mind this loan will never happen.

Stekers could be like Nigel Martyn this season, those 2 saves yesterday were world class.

Mark Frere
56 Posted 14/08/2016 at 14:56:53
Absolutely gutted! A average player for £25 million!
Paul Conway
57 Posted 14/08/2016 at 14:57:51
Bolasie is a physical player, very instinctive with some good touches. As opposed to Lukaku, whose game and end product is based on a possession-dominated game. Hence his goal drought when we stopped dominating games by possession... ie, he likes to be fed to score. Somewhat like Zlatan, who can't defend or tackle.

But managed to up his game as soon as Man Utd took the game against Bournemouth by the scruff of the neck! Up until then he was a maverick.

Seen as the gaffer has dispensed with tippy tappy happy tactics, it would be no surprise to see Lukaku leaving and more agile physical forwards, who can get on the end of a cross being introduced.

As results have proved, dominating possession doesn't win games, as we learned last season. And as Leicester proved by winning the title.

Mark Tanton
59 Posted 14/08/2016 at 15:14:57
'Average player' is what some said about Gueye before yesterday afternoon.

I love the idea of Bolasie here, he's what we've been crying out for – pace and power.

Peter Carpenter
60 Posted 14/08/2016 at 15:25:10
Or Mark (51), UPEM. They didn't like it UPEM.
Gordon Crawford
61 Posted 14/08/2016 at 15:27:16
This guy is not average. Very talented player with bags of speed and skill. Just inconsistent, like Barkley.
Mark Tanton
62 Posted 14/08/2016 at 15:39:09
Very droll, Peter, very droll.
Daniel A Johnson
63 Posted 14/08/2016 at 15:51:27
John Stones being slated by Man City fans for the following error which let in Defoe:

Paul Kossoff
64 Posted 14/08/2016 at 16:11:44
Baines caused the Spurs goal, rank amateur defending. He only had to stick to the man he was marking; instead, he turned his back on him and bloody ran away! Then he realised that there was a cross coming in and made his usual half-arsed ballet-like twist and leg in the air...

Cover for Coleman? Replacement for Rudolf more like.

Aidy Dews
65 Posted 14/08/2016 at 16:17:51
I'm not against us signing Bolasie, he's not too bad, he'll add much needed pace, directness and a bit of power but his lack of assists and goals is a worry for me and makes the £25-30m fee look really steep imo.

Has for Hart, I wouldn't mind him but I can't see it. And for those who say we don't need a No.1, Stekelenburg was great yesterday, he'll do. Yes, he was good but for both Fulham and Southampton he has had bad games riddled with mistakes and we need a better No.1 and Hart would be that but like I say, can't see it happening.

Has for Abdennour of Valencia, he was brilliant at both Monaco & Toulouse before that but found it thought at Valencia but it's fair to say they didnt have the best of seasons last time out but he's a left sided CB and we've just signed Williams who is also a left sided CB ( Although he's right footed...) and so is Mori so we'd be over loaded with left sided CB's. Atleast with Kone he's a right sided CB and would add balance to the backline and tbh, he was great in the prem for Sunderland for the last 3-4 months of last season after signing in Jan, and was coached and well drilled defensively there by Allardyce and would be my choice of CB I'd like us to bring in.

There's rumours were interested in Ghezzal of Lyon, another tricky winger, whispers of Ziyech from Twente and Koeman wants another striker so I don't believe for one minute we'll only sign another 4 players has of now before the window shuts!

Mark Morrissey
66 Posted 14/08/2016 at 17:11:27
Mark Tanton @ 59...took the words; you're spot on. I think Bolasie had some exceptional games last season and he is a very capable player. He'll be a very good signing IMO and Gana Gueye was impressive yesterday. We need to trust our new boss.
Mark Frere
67 Posted 14/08/2016 at 19:53:48
Mark @66, yes SOME exceptional games! 'Some' being the operative word! That's the point, he's notoriously inconsistent. He has one outstanding game, followed by 4 games where he is not so good, hence the reason why Palace fans aren't too fussed about him leaving... especially when they're getting £25 million out of the deal!
John Malone
68 Posted 14/08/2016 at 20:03:21
After I watched Irdrissa Gueye's debut, I'm happy to put my trust in Steve Walsh and Koeman's judgement!

On the point that Bolasie's assists stats are not very good, it could possibly have something to do with the fact Palace haven't had a decent striker for him to setup?

Dick Brady
69 Posted 14/08/2016 at 20:04:15
It's true that Bolasie has one good game out of four... but then so does Lukaku. And Barkley and Deulofeu are the same as well. So chances are, over the course of four games, one of them will be having a good game.
Sondre Haga
70 Posted 14/08/2016 at 20:04:16
I believe Bolasie will be a great addition to the team. Brings in pace, trickery and aggression. Overprized of course, like all regular starters in the premier league.

Hopefully we'll be able to bring in a goalkeeper, a right back a creative midfield and a striker. What about WBA's Salomon Rondon? Big, strong striker with good pace.

Gordon Crawford
71 Posted 14/08/2016 at 20:06:21
If he signs then that's great. But we need another four or five players after him.

And Mark I wouldn't read into his inconsistency. Most players are inconsistent. Ozil for example. Genius but inconsistent. Yet Arsenal fans wouldn't want to lose him.

Colin Metcalfe
72 Posted 14/08/2016 at 20:15:23
Mark (#56) Totally agree – it's a lot of money for an average player. He may have the odd outstanding game but how many against the top teams?

Honestly this guy is nothing special and, up against a top full back, he struggles!

Mark Murphy
73 Posted 14/08/2016 at 20:30:04


Don't come on here with your lahdee dah posh phone voice; or

Change your spell checker!

Denis Richardson
74 Posted 14/08/2016 at 20:50:43
If/when Bolasie comes it'll be interesting to see how RK plays him. He doesn't have a great goal or assist record in the prem but he has a ton or pace and is unpredictable.

Early days but the RK buys have looked excellent so far.

Tony Steele
75 Posted 14/08/2016 at 20:53:51
Sunday medicals? What's the world coming to?
Sam Hoare
76 Posted 14/08/2016 at 20:55:09
Gonna let the Bolasie-bashing go when he signs but for now...

He's 27, with little potential for for further development.

Pace is his primer asset and that will begin to dissipate in a few seasons time.

In the last 3 Premier League seasons he's scored an average of 3 goals a season.

Last season he created half as many chances as his teammate Jason Puncheon. His cross completion rate was around half of Puncheon's and his pass rate was 10% less... Maybe we should be buying Puncheon!!

Inter Milan bought Ivan Perisic last season for 㾺m

Stats are not everything of course but they are often a good guide. Bolasie is a good dribbler but his passing is suspect and end product unreliable. For that amount of money, I would expect someone a lot more consistent...

Frank Crewe
77 Posted 14/08/2016 at 21:16:33
Sam, this is why clubs have coaches.
Dominic Tonge
78 Posted 14/08/2016 at 21:17:58
㿅 million on panic-buy, Bolasie?

Not in any way, shape or form impressed. The guy is bang average but runs quick.

That money would buy you Bazoer, Max Meyer, Yarmolenko, Mata, Tielemans or a host of other players who offer more than raw pace, iffy end product, and a snide haircut.

Frank Crewe
79 Posted 14/08/2016 at 21:28:00
Only snag is Dominic none of those guys would sign for us and even if they did their wages would be enormous. He has years of PL experience and he tore us a new one every time he's played against us.

I see this as a good buy. At these prices any player is a risk. They all have their pros and cons. We wanted RM out and RK in. Now that he is, we have to trust his judgement.

Joe Clitherow
80 Posted 14/08/2016 at 21:28:20

You almost had me right up to Yarmolenko. In terms of bang average, overpriced, overrated, completely one-footed and limited in terms of execution he's right up there IMO.

Colin Glassar
81 Posted 14/08/2016 at 21:28:22
Didn't Bolasie say he didn't want to leave London a few seasons ago? I hope he doesn't get homesick up north.
Danny Halsall
82 Posted 14/08/2016 at 21:30:56
Dominic, this isn't footy manager mate. Those players might have the right stats in that environment, but I think I will trust our signings to Koeman and Steve Walsh. As for panic buying, isn't there 2 weeks of the window remaining? Hardly running out of time.

This seems to be a move for a pacey, hard working left winger with plenty of premier league pedigree. Yes, the price is high, but that is what you must pay for another Premier League team's best player.

Ray Griffin
83 Posted 14/08/2016 at 21:32:30
A lot of people on here have to get used to the idea of building a squad capable of competing at the highest level of the Premier League.

For too long, we have aspired to spend all the kitty on a big name signing with the hope that he'll be the new Latchford/Lineker etc.

All the big clubs sign squad players – I'm glad to see we're acting like them at last and building a solid club that will endure the demands that injuries, long cup runs & European football exerts. I have faith in our manager & Steve Walsh – exciting times...

Damian Nolan
84 Posted 14/08/2016 at 21:35:56
#64. That was a good spot. Last season I posted that it was brought to my attention from within Finch Farm that after Baines did the same thing in the semi-final at the Etihad, causing City's shot to be deflected and provide the equaliser (on the night), Martinez bawled out LB in the dressing room in front of a number of people and then dropped him for a significant number of games that followed.

As an aside, this was the animosity that lay behind the rather public comments and fall out between the two after Man Utd away last season.

Personally, I backed Leighton Baines but a look through last season and yesterday, it is startling how many crosses do actually come in from that side. It is a clear failing by Baines – he has to get closer and make it harder than it is currently. All we sense now is that with RK there won't be many chances given.

Eugene Ruane
85 Posted 14/08/2016 at 21:37:20
Mark (73) - Well I'm not one to jump to ludicrous conclusions based on the flimsiest of evidence, but as Aidy's spellchecker will allow 'as' and/or 'has', I think it's fair to assume he lives in Downton Manor, loves chasing butterflies with a big net, wears coke bottle gigs, has asthma and was educated at St Toffington Towers school (where he was midnight feast monitor and in charge of bumming raids on rival dorms).
Stephen Coles
86 Posted 14/08/2016 at 21:40:35
His skills will wow the crowd and get us roaring!
Dominic Tonge
87 Posted 14/08/2016 at 22:23:31
Danny, I have to ask, why football manager was mentioned? Some people watch more football than just match of the day fella. As it goes, aged 35 I don't tend to have time for computer games. Sorry if naming players outside the premier league is unacceptable, but I think it represents better value than intra-league transfers.

As for panic buy, I think it's safe to say Bolasie is not very consistent, has not scored enough goals to merit the transfer fee, or created enough assists. This means we are throwing mega money at a middling player – we are overpaying because we are noticeably short on attacking options on the left and need that sorting out ASAP, this, is why it's a panic buy – he isn't the answer; he's just available.

Feel free to justify Bolasie for 㿅 million though because THAT seems like a transfer from a computer game.

Dominic Tonge
88 Posted 14/08/2016 at 22:26:12
Fair shout Joe, Yarmolenko did stink out the gaff at the Euros. My point was more that there is a plethora of talent out there at similar money.

I would still take Yarmolenko over Bolasie though.

Dominic Tonge
89 Posted 14/08/2016 at 22:30:43
He ripped us a new one when he played us.

As did Arouna Kone... Remind me again how that turned out.

I think Bazoer, Depay would be interested in working with a Dutch legend.

Hard working is great but quality and consistently delivering match winning performance week-in & week-out is better.

Damian Wilde
90 Posted 14/08/2016 at 22:58:46
We need signings and quick. Two strikers and an attacking midfielder please.
Ernie Baywood
91 Posted 15/08/2016 at 00:29:49
Some transfers work out, some don't. You buy the players that you believe fit what you're trying to do and then do your best to make it work.

I can't tell you that Bolasie will be a success with us but I can definitely say he's the type of player that we need. Fast, strong, direct. What more do you want?

Likewise Gana. The type of player we need. Will he be a success? Let time figure that out.

I'd be concerned if we were buying more McCarthy/Barry/Besic types.

These moves are in the right direction, and the right direction is the only way to go.

Phil Bellis
92 Posted 15/08/2016 at 01:07:28
Eugene Ruane, 85
Bit harsh on Haidy; he was , I recall, "The Enforcer" in Walter the Softy's gang
David Ellis
93 Posted 15/08/2016 at 03:47:19
I went to St Toffington Towers... what house were you in Aidy?
Jamie Sweet
94 Posted 15/08/2016 at 04:21:09
After watching the reaction on here to Gueye's signing, and then subsequently seeing him play in a blue shirt, I can confidently say that I trust Koeman / Walsh to pick the right players for the team.

Bolasie doesn't have the best stats (goals / assists) that would get us brimming with excitement, but then again Mahrez had only scored 6 goals in 60 games for Le Havre before Walsh spotted him.

Not comparing the two players, but just saying that regardless of prior success, if you put the right player in the right team, with the right system and right players around them... then you might just unlock something special.

Bloasie could well be that player for us.

Or, you know, perhaps he's rubbish and not worth all this money.

It's going to be quite exciting finding out though .

John Malone
95 Posted 15/08/2016 at 06:54:49
I still think we need a long term replacement for Barry, he was first class against Tottenham again on Saturday but last season showed when he's out we have no-one good enough to run the midfield!
Jim Brien
96 Posted 15/08/2016 at 07:01:13
As an Aussie Blue I'll happily defer to the wisdom and knowledge of the local tragics who've been watching the game since Jesus was in the first 11, but surely the Bolasie signing is significant for the machinations now going on with Lukaku?

Would RK not be using this type of acquisition to reassure Lukaku of where then club is going and more importantly the type of service he can expect on the pitch? "Feed the Yak" so to speak? I see it as leverage by gaining one player and retaining another Everton's Under-23 side both significant for future success.

Steve Pugh
97 Posted 15/08/2016 at 08:06:59
All this talk of Bolasies stats. How good were Schillo's stats at Dortmund, what about Arteta at Sociadad or PSG?

If he turns out as well as they did...

Brian Furey
98 Posted 15/08/2016 at 10:39:40
Had a quick look at what the Palace fans were saying and most of them are sad to see him go but feel that getting great money and bringing in Benteke will yield in them getting more money:


Goals wins games not fancy skills on the wing but I think if we can keep Lukaku then Bolaise and Rom can pair up well. I trust RK and Walshe who I presume recommended Gueye but I really hope they bring in 2 strikers this week and not be so focused on defenders. Who do people see as our best targets for strikers?

Chris Gould
99 Posted 15/08/2016 at 10:58:37
Dominic, saying Bolassie isn't the answer, he's just utter nonsense. You actually think that Koeman and Walsh can't find anyone else to spend 㿊 million on... so they're just wasting it on someone who's available – just for the hell of it?

Maybe... just maybe, they see something in Bolassie that you don't. Maybe, unlike yourself, they're aware of what player they need to fit the system that they wish to play. What were Vardy's or Mahrez's stats before last season?

It took the right manager, system, and players to get the best out of them. I will assume that Koeman and Walsh believe that they will do that with opposed to just chucking 30 million on him simply because he's available.

Why do you think so poorly of Koeman and Walsh? What has either of them done in the last few seasons to make you think that they will just waste 㿊 million? I can't think of anything.

Gareth Clark
100 Posted 15/08/2016 at 10:59:02
Iheancho (/Bony/Slimani/...)

Is what I want in now:

With midfield back up to come soon.

I'm happy with Holgate as a backup rightback - and Kone played there in Ligue 1, so we will have plenty cover.

Although, I think Iheancho would be tricky to get - so the likes of Slimani/Bony/Remy I think we can easily get.

Personally I'd like two of them, each offer something different than what we have. Bony and Remy as backups sound good to me.

Chris Gould
101 Posted 15/08/2016 at 11:03:44
Also, Dominic, what were Marc Albrighton's stats before Leicester bought him and put him on their left wing -- and then won the league?

What would you have said if we were bidding for him?
What would you have said if last summer we were bidding for Vardy?

Leave it to the professionals.

Rob Halligan
102 Posted 15/08/2016 at 11:27:59
According to SSN, Bolasie announcement is imminent. Medical passed and paperwork being finalised.
Paul Conway
103 Posted 15/08/2016 at 11:48:45
Dominic Tinge (#87),

Did you see the amount of negative reaction to the purchase of the two players who practically saved our asses on Saturday? I think after that display we should drop the backseat driving.

Bolasie is obviously an integral part of the Gaffer's Gameplan for our ascent up the table.

As I said before, we can now offset the outlay for more expensive signings, with the killing we made costwise on the players we brought in, who showed more than positive signs. Koeman has already shown he is a good judge of horseflesh, so let's enjoy the ride!!!!

Dominic Tonge
104 Posted 15/08/2016 at 12:11:55
I would say exactly that Chris I will restate my opinion :

Bolasie is overpriced, underwhelming, and is in no way worth the money.

To answer your question re Albrighthton , I would then and still would now say he is not a player who is at a level we need... As for the put him on the wing and then won the league, I'd say that had more to do with their more productive players or vardy, mahrez, Kante's standout season and momentum with some excellent man management and not Albrighthton (how many bids has he attracted since winning the league- how many man of the match performances did he have) you are grasping at straws kidder.

Regarding Vardy, I can't answer that because it would depend on the size of the bid (although I would have thought that was obvious) so Vardy for seamus Coleman money .. Yes please. Vardy for Pogba money... Not on your life.

So thanks for the random and baseless question, hope I answered it. Next time you've got a question, leave it to the professionals.

Brian Williams
105 Posted 15/08/2016 at 12:29:33
I wonder, as I relax in the sun in Menorca, how some of us (all Evertonians remember) would "speak" to each other as some speak to each other on here, if we were all sat round a table in the pub face to face.
Peter Roberts
106 Posted 15/08/2016 at 12:45:19
John Malone

I think that's part of the reason to bring in Guide, someone who can break up play in midfield, provide defensive cover and begin attacking moves. Barry will be phased out of this team over the course of the season and be let go at the end of the season when his contract expires.

Matt Butlin
107 Posted 15/08/2016 at 12:55:50
I know what you mean Brian #105. I was subjected to some besmirchment about 18 months ago when I pointed out that our tippy tappy football was inviting pressure from the opposition. Apparently it was the way forwards.
Tony Draper
108 Posted 15/08/2016 at 13:03:51
Perhaps Brian @105, if we were sat together in a pub, near the ground, one of us might say:

"For fuck sake Brian, would you stop going on about bloody Menorca! ".

Dan Nulty
109 Posted 15/08/2016 at 13:23:57
108 Tony, love it. Brian does have a bloody good point though.

Some of us whinge when we aren't spending and whinge when we do. It's amazing!!! Given Walsh amd Keman's records with players, I think it is safe to say they know more than we do!!!

Gordon Crawford
110 Posted 15/08/2016 at 13:24:01
Heard we are now being linked with Charlie Austin. I really hope this is a wind up.
David Nicholls
111 Posted 15/08/2016 at 13:34:07
It's perfectly understandable that Bolasie's goals/assists stats are a cause for concern considering the money being mentioned. However Koeman/Walsh have clearly seen something in him that makes them believe he will be worth breaking our transfer record.

McCarthy being deployed at RWB made me wonder. If Bolasie is hard-working and can put in shift defensively, could he be competition for Coleman in the right wing back slot?

Williams Jagielka Funes Mori
Bolasie Gueye Barry Baines
Lukaku Deluofeu

Might Work?

Laura Round
112 Posted 15/08/2016 at 13:47:11
It's official!
James Marshall
113 Posted 15/08/2016 at 13:47:42
Take no notice of his stats – remember his stats are better than any of the wingers we already have, and he was playing for Palace - we're a much more positive attacking team, and he'll have much better attacking players to link up with, so his ability will shine for us.

Also, people need to stop whining about the money – it's not your money so why do you care about the fee? Palace set the fee, not us, just like we set the fee for Stones/Lukaku etc.

So what if we end up paying 㿊m for Bolasie? Will you struggle to buy the next edition of Football Manager as a result? No, I didn't think so.

Eric Holland
114 Posted 15/08/2016 at 13:48:59
SSN Everton sign Bolasie on 5 year deal
James Marshall
115 Posted 15/08/2016 at 13:49:00
James Marshall
116 Posted 15/08/2016 at 13:49:26
Scott Hamilton
117 Posted 15/08/2016 at 13:50:34
Yep, all confirmed: Link
Carl Sanderson
118 Posted 15/08/2016 at 13:51:05
He's shite, him. Slow, predictable. Koeman out!
Carl Sanderson
119 Posted 15/08/2016 at 13:53:25
Brian 105:

Excellent point. Internet hard men, keyboard warriors.

We've just returned from Menorca - whereabouts are you?

Shane Corcoran
120 Posted 15/08/2016 at 13:58:27
James, stop playing the fool.

Everton fans know that there's a budget, like there is at every club. Therefore if the club spend an amount on a player that they think exceeds the market value of that player then they're likely to feel that that extra money could have been used elsewhere.

You throw Football Manager comments around like other posters are kids but it kind of makes you look like a kid.

Garry Corgan
121 Posted 15/08/2016 at 13:59:23
@Brian Furey (98)

"Goals wins games not fancy skills on the wing"

It's funny you don't see more teams going with a 0-0-11 formation with eleven strikers.

Gordon Crawford
122 Posted 15/08/2016 at 14:01:11
Glad he has signed. Now let's not go and get Charlie Austin. Lol
Mike Corcoran
123 Posted 15/08/2016 at 14:01:42
He has signed
Ray Robinson
124 Posted 15/08/2016 at 14:11:13
At least our predictable tag will soon disappear!
Nick Page
125 Posted 15/08/2016 at 14:19:12
Brian 105, Menorca...Cala n Bosch. Love it

Great to see Bolaise in. I think 3 more signings can now be expected. Would like to see Kone and Mata. COYB

James Marshall
126 Posted 15/08/2016 at 14:23:35

The market is inflated - everyone knows that, so the price is the price. We either pay it or we don't buy anyone.

I don't see anything foolish in that. Everton have set inflated prices for our own players, so you can't have it both ways.

Mark Lewis
127 Posted 15/08/2016 at 14:25:11
Can we just give the guy a few games before slating him?
Neil Wood
128 Posted 15/08/2016 at 14:30:12
Brian I'm in menorca!!!and I'm in Cala n Bosch!!!

Let's get that table .

Steve Brown
129 Posted 15/08/2016 at 14:35:11
Dominic Tonge @104, so Bolasie is over-priced, underwhelming and in no way worth the money? You sound determined to be proven right and for him to fail.

Well 'kidder', he wears the blue of Everton now so back him and give him a fighting chance. Also, I assume you are not including yourself as one of the 'professionals' are you?

Liam Reilly
130 Posted 15/08/2016 at 14:36:05
So that's the Stones money spent now; will be interesting to see what the quality of player will be from here on in, if as Koeman says; there are still 3 more to come.

Hopefully this will turn out to be an astute bit of business; will likely be in the side ahead of Del Boy or Mirallas.

Neil Wood
131 Posted 15/08/2016 at 14:36:59
Are you here too Nick?
Fran Mitchell
132 Posted 15/08/2016 at 14:37:53
And in terms of squad improvement, against Spurs' who would you have preferred...Lennon, Kone or Bolasie coming on.

We still need a striker, creative midfielder, right wing back, center half and keeper.

Tony Draper
133 Posted 15/08/2016 at 14:44:19
Chris @101.
Conjecture, speculation and talking outright catflap is what fans get together online for. Virtual sparring, but always, ALWAYS unite the against the enemy...
The Press !

We may think nonsense (clearly I do not, not ever, whilst others clearly do, albeit accidentally and/or momentarily) but them press twats think it, steal it, get it published, pass it off as truth, back each other up by quoting it ("reports suggest "), then fucking deny it ("club moves to deny speculation ").

Us lot having a bit of jocularity is all well and good. For fuck sake, if it wasn't for some pointless shite for football fans to nurdle over then no-one would go the bloody match !

Apparently some women (and indeed men) like buying different styles of shoes, and spend their weekends pursuing this "need". It's filling a need.

Some fellas stand on railway platforms with notebooks, wearing outdated anoraks (retro stuff from the 70's n 80's, it seems, stuff from jumble sales and suchlike) and carrying satchels with Tupperware boxes of fishpaste sandwiches and tartan vacuum flasks with warm Campbell's cream of boredom soup, plus if their Mam had time there might be a tunnocks caramel wafer in there as a treat, but most likely just a couple of rich tea biscuits.
Them lads are just as dedicated as us Evertonians, but there's not a shred of controversy in their sad pathetic lives !
"Was that train Norman ? "
" Yes Edwin, and it's number was etc
(I'm filling in here 'cos I' very never actually liked fishpaste).
Many of this crowd eventually tire of the utter predictability and finally hop on one of the trains and wind up hundreds of miles away at Old Trafford, or if the fish paste was a long way past the sell by date, Anfield.
ALL of these do this to avoid the faint urge to procreate.

My point is :
We NEED pointless shite in our lives !

Thank "The Holy Trinity" that I was born a Blue, just imagine standing in the drizzle every weekend, head full of pointless bloody numbers ?

Then coming home with fuckall to argue about !

Dominic Tonge
134 Posted 15/08/2016 at 14:55:29
No more than you Steve.

If you re read (or just read) the thread you will find that I had the temerity to express my doubts about his consistency, sorry if my use of a popular vernacular offended your sensibility, however to pull you up, I have in no way shape or form said I want him to fail- You are misquoting me on that.

To further clarify, I hope he does prove my doubts (and his form for the last four or five seasons) to be unfounded, I also hope Arouna Kone scores buckets full of goals and comes good, I hope Aiden McGeady can recapture his Celtic form. But it's just that, hope... Blind hope.

But hey if that's what you want to base your opinions on, that's your prerogative. He's our player now and I will be at Goodison cheering him and the rest of the team on.

Do I hope he will be a huge success? Yes

Do I think he will ? No.

But as I said before I hope to be proven wrong.

Nick Page
135 Posted 15/08/2016 at 15:42:38
Neil (131) I was there last week was bloody windy.
Stayed in The Macarella. The kids love the place, loads for them to do. Always enjoy a visit to Toms Bar :-)
Shane Corcoran
136 Posted 15/08/2016 at 16:11:03
The price is the price applies to every player and some clubs will say "no thank you" at a certain price as they feel it's too high.

Posters on this site who think it's too high say so in their posts but you decided to tell them that it's not their money. If we spend 㿊m on Bolasie instead of, say, 㿀m then it'll mean 㾶m elsewhere.

Obviously Koeman, Walsh & Moshiri reckon it's worth it; some people don't.

It's fairly simple, but comments about Football Manager and it not being the fans' money are silly.

Dominic Tonge
137 Posted 15/08/2016 at 16:25:44
The one thing we can agree on is that he's here, and so he's one of us- So Good luck to him
Gordon Crawford
138 Posted 15/08/2016 at 16:28:04
Welcome Bolasie :) I wish you all the very best in your Everton career. :)
Brian Williams
139 Posted 15/08/2016 at 16:28:49
Hi to those who mentioned it. I'm in Es Castell. Got here Sunday because I refused to travel a day earlier, wife was very understanding of course.
Brian Williams
140 Posted 15/08/2016 at 16:31:27
Tony Draper .Love it. Laughed out loud on the balcony!
Now this next slide is, ...
Tony Draper
141 Posted 15/08/2016 at 16:48:04
OK Brian, seeing as you still can, I have a mission for you mate.

Frosted glass !

Unless your wrist aches it's a fail.
Yes, OK I am bloody jealous.

(BTW I have a provided YOU with the bloody research project of a lifetime !).

Steve Brown
142 Posted 15/08/2016 at 16:57:43
Dominic @ 137, good. That's all I was saying.

Everton have signed plenty of players over the hears that made me gasp – and not with amazement. I am backing Koeman's judgement on this one.

Brian Williams
143 Posted 15/08/2016 at 17:03:45
Tony I don't wanna seem like a thicko but I havent got a Scooby Doo what your post meant, honestly.
Give us a clue Billy!!!!!
Frosted glass, aching wrist could I get locked up for this?
Neil Wood
144 Posted 15/08/2016 at 17:16:45
Ha Nick ... Just come from Toms Bar our lass going mad cos said I'd come back to get ready an hour and a half ago!!!
Cracking place stopping at club paradise across from the Marina.
Nick Page
145 Posted 15/08/2016 at 17:43:25
Neil, can't beat a couple of beers relaxing at Toms Bar. Love the place, so laid back. Had a great steak in Toro Negro last week too. Enjoy the hols very jealous to be back stuck in a bloody office, lol.
Tony Draper
146 Posted 15/08/2016 at 18:10:21
Oh Brian !
What a treat you have in store mate !

The Frosted Glass is a delight akin to a tricky Trevor shimmy or a twice scored Sheedy free-kick.

The barkeep prepares your glass in the freezer, then, when your throat is drier than Tutankhamuns parchment you request "Frosted Glass" !

But, you knew that, didn't you ?
You just enjoy sitting on the ball like "The Red Headed Dynamo" or the man upon whom all agree is "Magic", and could jump over a mini. But more comically leave "the anfield iron" looking for his reputation.

Aching wrist ?
Beer so cold it can't be hold.
Beer so frozen you drink a dozen !

Brian Williams
147 Posted 15/08/2016 at 18:15:24
Tony, thanks for the explanation, very poetic too. I remember Sheedy's twice taken free kick because when the first was disallowed I "went into one" as my wife puts it .only for a minute later to "go into one" in a good way!

Tony Draper
148 Posted 15/08/2016 at 18:28:30
Brian, those of us of "Prime Vintage" recall those pristine white shorts (of great volume) the ball defying Einstein's finest calculatory manipulations.

Request a "Frosted Glass", you'll bless my name.

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