Everton confirmed the signing of Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie on Monday, with the Congolese international penning a five-year...
Everton confirmed the signing of Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie on Monday, with the Congolese international penning a five-year deal at Goodison Park.
Palace previously rejected a bid of £18 million from the Toffees for Bolasie as they held out for closer to £30 million, per the Guardian's Ed Aarons and Ben Fisher.CONFIRMED: We have signed @YannickBolasie from Crystal Palace on a five-year deal. #Bo14sieIsABluehttps://t.co/VsfD7JtkYl— Everton (@Everton) August 15, 2016
Bolasie, 27, ends a four-year spell at Palace following his 2012 signing from Bristol City.
He has proved an effective attacker for the Eagles in the Premier League, and he is versatile enough to play anywhere across the attacking line.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman will hope to improve Bolasie's scoring rate, as he has a tendency to squander chances with frustrating regularity.
His return for Palace over the last two seasons in the English top flight has been only nine goals and nine assists in 60 appearances, per WhoScored.com.
Palace, though, were hardly prolific as a team in front of goal in 2015-16, netting only 39 times in the Premier League, the third-worst return in the division.
Bolasie can be devastating running at defenders with the ball at his feet and could prove an excellent foil for the likes of Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku on Merseyside.
He must improve his delivery from the flanks and his finishing if he is to make good on his potential and the trust Everton have shown in him.
Everton will be looking to improve on their 11th-place 2015-16 Premier League finish in the coming season, and Bolasie could play a crucial part as an extra attacker in Koeman's squad.
However, it is something of a gamble for Everton to have signed him given that he has not yet proved consistently prolific as either a goalscorer or provider.