Bolasie: This team belongs in the top six

15 August  29 Comments  [Jump to last]
Yannick Bolaise has spoken of his excitement to get going for Everton now that his £22.5m move from Crystal Palace is done and dusted.

The 27-year-old became Ronald Koeman's fourth signing when he put pen to paper on a five-year contract today, a week after the two clubs settled on a price that could eventually come close to matching the Blues' record fee for an incoming player.

Bolasie completed a medical yesterday and wrapped up the formalities of his transfer from the Capital before sitting down in front of the cameras for his first interview as an Everton player.

The French-born winger, who will wear the number 14 jersey, seems to be genuinely excited about having joined the Blues and the prospect of playing in front of supporters who made a clear impression on him on previous visits playing for Palace.

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.

Yannick Bolasie

He scored his first Premier League goal at Goodison Park but it's the impression he got from the Evertonian faithful when a goal went into the other end that also appears to have stayed with him.

“I'm looking forward to putting on this Everton shirt,” Bolasie told evertontv. “It's a very big club and I know about [it] from playing here over the years. I know what the supporters are like and what the atmosphere is like in the ground.

“I was just happy [to score] but I remember when we conceded a goal and Everton scored, the way the crowd changed is the kind of support I dream of.”

“I've joined a club with quality players that has also produced a lot of quality [like] Wayne Rooney and Ross (Barkley), and not forgetting, Romelu (Lukaku) is still here so I'm looking forward to playing with these quality players.

“For me, it was a no-brainer to come here," he said in the Liverpool Echo. But 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."

For Koeman, landing Bolasie meets a goal he has had since his days as Southampton manager, while Everton's new Director of Football Steve Walsh is also believed to be an admirer of a player who will add pace, power and plenty of unpredictability to the team's attack.

Capable of playing on either flank or in an advanced central role if required, the DR Congo international will increase Koeman's options, particularly if Gerard Deulofeu is to continue operating more centrally.

“I think there was a little bit of interest [in me from the manager] when he was at Southampton,” Bolasie explained, “and reading some of the comments about my game… obviously he was a top centre back when he was playing at Barcelona so it's going to be interesting learning off him because he would have played against some of the elite players in the world.

“So it's going to be good getting some tips off him.

“As a personal target, I just want to get better and I feel I've done that since I've been in the Premier League. I'm looking forward to it — this team belongs in the top six, that's for sure and I'll be trying to help the team get up there for sure.”


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Geoff Williams
1 Posted 15/08/2016 at 18:37:29
Welcome Yannick, you've joined a great club. Here's to a long and happy association with the Blues.
Trevor Lynes
2 Posted 15/08/2016 at 18:58:43
Just achieve the consistency that critics have said you lack. Prove them all wrong and get the fans off their seats.Hopefully you will soon be joined by other players of quality who can join you in bringing the glory days back!
Steve Bingham
3 Posted 15/08/2016 at 19:41:36
Lewis Barclay
5 Posted 15/08/2016 at 19:52:40
Bolasie Mirallas Barkley Delefeou
Baines Jagielka Williams Coleman

Would be a side I think all the other EPL clubs would be scared to play against

Kase Chow
6 Posted 15/08/2016 at 20:21:35
Can't wait to see him play for us

Please help us beat the red shite!

Jason Barker
7 Posted 15/08/2016 at 20:31:35
That's a hell of a side if they're all up for it, Lewis. Let the good times roll!
Derek Williams
9 Posted 15/08/2016 at 20:56:59
Lewis/Jason, that looks like a Kevin Keegan team, looking to win 5-3 every week. Our one defensive mid would be a very busy boy in that side, though to be fair he certainly looked the part on Saturday. Exciting times
Marcus Leigh
10 Posted 15/08/2016 at 21:11:31
Let's hope this time next year he's saying 'This team belongs in the top four'. Another great signing as far as I'm concerned. You can't help feeling that with RK and Moshiri there is finally a realistic, viable, thought-through plan for the future with the backing to make it happen. He'll get the best out of Yannick and the rest. It might well take a couple of years but, finally, exciting times once again to be a Blue.
Paul Kossoff
11 Posted 15/08/2016 at 21:24:00
Lewis 5, a brillant side, but with it the defenders would really have to stick to their jobs as those forwards would not be of much help,
Geoffrey Hall
12 Posted 15/08/2016 at 21:25:54
Think that team wouldn't scare to much of the big teams. Still needs another 3 players
Geoffrey Hall
14 Posted 15/08/2016 at 21:31:28
Team needs more than that
Damian Wilde
15 Posted 15/08/2016 at 22:49:22
Lewis, good side, though no Barkley (poor), Barry instead, far better on Saturday.
Tim Locke
16 Posted 15/08/2016 at 23:29:14
Lewis - interesting selection, on paper it looks top but would it produce the best results? To my mind it's not balanced and you have fallen into the trap of thinking best players, equals best team.
Bob Parrington
17 Posted 15/08/2016 at 00:06:34
On other threads about Yannick, it has been mentioned that his stats for scores and assists are not good ... and hence he isn't the striker we need. What these threads don't consider is the pace and drive that he has will make him a threat that means the opposition has to always be "aware" of him and this should mean many more opportunities for other players to hit the back of the net. This is something never considered by stats, which is one reason why (IMO) that those who measure by stats alone are somewhat lacking in imagination.

If Rom stays, I reckon we will see a bag full of goals over the season with YB on board.

Welcome Yannick to the true home of football.

Everton Wint
18 Posted 16/08/2016 at 01:03:09
I for one, am so glad he'll only be frightening our defenders in training from now on. I'll only need one pair of undies when we play Palace from now on. Welcome Yannick. COYB
Everton Wint
19 Posted 16/08/2016 at 01:03:09
I for one, am so glad he'll only be frightening our defenders in training from now on. I'll only need one pair of undies when we play Palace from now on. Welcome Yannick. COYB
Benny Snow
20 Posted 16/08/2016 at 01:47:47
Welcome Bolasie! Bags of skill and pace, just work hard on the end product and you will shine.
Jimmy Sørheim
21 Posted 16/08/2016 at 01:56:50
I agree he has pace and trickery, but we need goalscorers in this team, badly!

He is a Pienaar replacement in my view.

Francis Gibson
22 Posted 16/08/2016 at 02:27:58
I like how he adds "and not forgetting, Romelu (Lukaku) is still here" as though even other players are somewhat surprised he's still around!

In any case, a superb signing. Thrilled with the recent business we've done.

Bob Parrington
23 Posted 16/08/2016 at 04:44:21
Everton Wint. I like the use of the word "panic". This is just what I mean.
Christopher Kelly
24 Posted 16/08/2016 at 06:38:13
Mata would fit in well instead of Mirallas in that lineup. Could play behind Barkley and pull strings. Bolasie and Del Boy on the wings!! Incredibly vibrant and dangerous.

Gana similar to Kante' which is looking to be a nice strategic purchase as well. Is this Everton we're talking about?

James Wong
25 Posted 16/08/2016 at 07:17:05
This guy is absolutely a Koeman player. Fast and direct winger to complement Mirallas and Deulofeu. I was a huge fan of him at Crystal Palace but £20m is a high but fair price to pay for him.

We really need a central midfielder and central defender, and probably a right back to compete with Seamus which has been a problem for the longest time.

Jason Barker
26 Posted 16/08/2016 at 07:25:41
I took the side as an illustration of the talent we have in the squad. If, as Christopher says, you added Mata into the mix then that would really be a force to be reckoned with.
John Codling
27 Posted 16/08/2016 at 08:55:34
Really liked what I saw from this guy over 2 years ago, but thought he would be out of our range financially. A really exiting and dynamic player. Welcome to Goodison young man.

And a word for some of you fucking profits of doom out there, Messi and Ronaldo, are not available.

Richard Leeming-McHale
29 Posted 16/08/2016 at 12:22:42
He'll score the winner against the RS – I'll put a fiver on it!
Damian Wilde
31 Posted 16/08/2016 at 12:59:10
Looks like Mata is staying given his scoring game in the opener.
Tim Locke
32 Posted 16/08/2016 at 14:04:09
I'm not convinced we will go for mata, clearly a quality player, if I remember correctly player of the year two years on the trot at chelski.

Why don't think he will become an Everton player is his working back think RK wants pressing from the front and I don't think he does enough of them hence M sold him and will probably sell his again.

Personally I would sign him amazing vision and link up play.

David Cromwell
34 Posted 16/08/2016 at 16:38:38
"...this team belongs in the top six"

With all due respect to the lad, WTF would he know about the top six of the league?

Brent Stephens
35 Posted 16/08/2016 at 18:50:49
"With all due respect to the lad, WTF would he know about the top six of the league?"

He's played against the top 6, perhaps?

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