Everton manager Sam Allardyce has said he’s relishing the chance to call upon winger Yannick Bolasie on a ‘consistent basis’ when his fitness and confidence grows.
With a number of key players missing during his time at Goodison Park, the former England man has been able to welcome back Bolasie to training and following his return to fitness in late December, the DR Congo international now has ten appearances to his name following his 12 month lay off but Allardyce remains careful in overburdening his match time for the risk of a break down.
With Bolasie’s own performance against Brighton seeing six crosses and four shots, Allardyce is confident he’s too far away from a full return and he expects him to make a massive difference for the side in the 2017/18 run in as he gets closer to his peak.
Speaking to the Official Site Allardyce explained:
‘He was fantastic with and without ball. He improved the more it went on – the longer the game went on and the more we got the ball to him. And perhaps the game opened up a bit more after the opening goal. What I liked, is that when he produced the final ball that caused the first goal, his game got even better from then on.’
Allardyce went on to say that his confidence grew very quickly and he was more like the ‘old Yannick’.