Bolasie’s absence heightens need for reinforcements

Thursday 8 December 2016  9 Comments  [Jump to last]

Ronald Koeman confirmed today that Yannick Bolasie is facing a long lay-off and conceded that the winger's injury makes the club's search for “good options” in January all the more important.

Bolasie is awaiting surgery on a suspected tear to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and his period of rehabilitation is expected to extend to the end of the season.

The 27-year-old, a £25m acquisition from Crystal Palace in August, suffered the injury in last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United and scheduled to see two different specialists in the coming week before going under the knife to correct the problem.

“It's a big loss for everybody because he is an important player,” Koeman said at his press conference this afternoon. “It's a long-term injury and he will travel to London [and then get a] a second opinion about the operation. Normally, the operation will be next week.

“It [creates] an opportunity for other players who maybe did not play a lot in the last few weeks and we know we need competition, we need a big squad. It's a big month coming up with a lot of games and we need everybody and we need everybody at a good level.

“We're looking for some good options and maybe the necessity is a little bit more now than what it was before because we lost Yannick for a long time.”

The Dutchman was asked about reports suggesting there had been contact with Manchester United over his compatriot Memphis Depay and former charge Morgan Schneiderlin but Koeman demurred again on discussing players at other teams.

“I don't speak about players, about rumours. We know that with January coming up, everyday in the press there is a lot of speculation and, ok, what we need to do is do our work and don't mention it to the press.”

Both Depay and Schneiderlin were left out of United's Europa League squad to face Zorya Lukansk this evening, with the French midfielder having seen just 11 minutes of action in the Premier League and made just two appearances in European competition this season under Jose Mourinho.


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Gerard Carey
1 Posted 08/12/2016 at 22:32:21
As has been said on another thread, put Coleman on the right of midfield and young Holgate right full.

Play 4-4-2, with Valencia up front with Rom.

Gavin Johnson
2 Posted 08/12/2016 at 22:45:20
We need Schneiderlin & Depay. Plus a striker, goalkeeper, and centre-back in that order.

Funes Mori is good enough to play centre-back, given the opportunity. I also think Holgate's up to the job, but I can't see Koeman playing him regularly.

More pressing is a striker. Sign Dolberg from Ajax. I don't want Gabbiadini unless it's a loan. I can't think of too many Italian strikers except the obvious names (Zola) that have taken to the rigors of the Premier League. The latest big name, Zaza looks absolutely awful. My gut feeling is that Gabbiadini will be the same.

I can't help thinking we should have signed Joe Hart. That boat's sailed, at least until the summer. Heaton and Forster are two other keepers we should aim to get. Again, I can't see their respective clubs doing anything until the summer.

Dan Davies
3 Posted 08/12/2016 at 22:57:39
It's time these players showed their worth for the blue shirt and come January, Moshiri needs to show the management, players and fans of this great club that he actually means business in the transfer market and not just blow smoke up our arses by way of Jim White again.

Bring on Christmas and January starting with Watford. Koeman also needs to pull his socks up and get down to business because, right or wrong, people are losing patience.

Alex Parr
4 Posted 09/12/2016 at 00:38:19
I have always liked Schneiderlin ever since I first saw him at Southampton. Great player and a replacement / rotation for Barry. Him and Gana centre-mid would be great.

Depay I'm not too fussed on. A mate of mine was giddy for him signing for the Mancs and he is unimpressed, albeit that he can't break through rather than him stinking the place out.

To answer the goalkeeper question, I would make a cheeky bid for Pickford, hes looked a good shot stopper to me. Or the usual suspects of Forster, Butland, Heaton.

Niklas Sule was linked with us and I'd like to see him come to us. Monster CB. Van Dijk (who by the way, I think is immense) is now out of our capability, given the competition both financially and 'reputation' wise that we would face.

It's really that creativity I struggle with, in terms of who is realistically available and would improve. The likes of Mata that we were 'linked with' are clearly beyond our reach at the moment. In the absence of getting a decent attacking centre-mid in, due to lack of options, I'd be tempted to push Seamus up to right mid and play Mason behind him at RB at 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1. Seamus knows how to get into the box, knows how to tackle and press, knows how to score (!) and would in my eyes be a perfect foil for Holgate to push on.

Centre-forward – I would try for Dembele at Celtic. This lad will be gold. Cant believe he ended up in the SPL. I also did like the look of that Dolberg from the YT vids recently. But then again, I liked the look of Valencia in the World Cup vids, did he score 4 or 5 in that tournament? So maybe those videos are shit, or maybe we already have a striking answer if we give him a chance???

John Pierce
5 Posted 09/12/2016 at 02:45:17
With Southampton blowing their European campaign tonight, I'd say that leaves them vulnerable to a bid or two.

Forster is a possibility and if we are too be believed time for Moshiri to force the move through with a heavy bid.

Long and Van Dijk are considerations also.

I will say, if Koeman doesn't find a way to keep us 6/7th come January, no one will be coming to Everton.

Winter is coming.

Teddy Bertin
6 Posted 09/12/2016 at 05:36:25
Gavin (#2). What about Di Canio, Ravanelli, Vialli, Pelle? Did none of them cut it in the Premier League?

I wouldn't write Gabbiadini off as an option. He's good out wide and gets into good positions. Very different player to Zaza, who, you're right, does look absolutely hopeless at the moment.

Clive Rogers
7 Posted 09/12/2016 at 10:46:40
With the latest news that Bolasie's injury may be even worse, we may have to accept that he may not come back from it or be the same player. A long-term replacement will be needed.
Michael Lynch
8 Posted 09/12/2016 at 11:03:43
There seems to be quite a few people who would be happy to push Coleman into right midfield, but I have to admit I have my doubts. He's a more than decent attacking right back, but I really don't think he has the ball control, passing ability or vision to play the midfield role to a Premier League level.

We need to buy someone in. Whether January is a good time to do that, I don't know, but this is clearly a long term project – we're too shit to do anything other than aim for a mid-table position this season, keeping away from any relegation worries if possible. Summer clear out for sure.

Alan Bodell
9 Posted 09/12/2016 at 14:15:50
I'm willing to give Koeman plenty more time but, if he doesn't put Davies on the bench tomorrow to show him he is considered a first team player in waiting, then I'm gonna throw a nasty hissy fit.

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