Everton have splashed out a significant portion of the £ 47 million that they received from the sale of John Stones on wingerYannick Bolasie from Crystal Palace.
Even though Crystal Palace have been struggling in the league ever since the return to the top division,Yannick Bolasie has been a bright light. The 27-year-old has had an air of unpredictability around him and opposition defenders have struggled to deal with him on a number of occasions. At 6 ft 1 inches in height,Bolasie also has the physical power to come up with headed goals now and then.
Just when it seemed that top clubs were starting to take notice of the DR Congo international, Everton has stepped in with a large sum of money. They have brought in the player for a whopping £27 million. This was after the club held in negotiations with Sunderland for a couple of their players without much success. The signing ofBolasie comes just weeks before the close of the transfer window and manager Ronald Koeman expressed his delight at being able to have a player likeBolasie. The club had also brought in Ashley Williams from Swansea for around £ 12 million. The Welsh defender is expected to be the like-for-like replacement for Stones.
“Yannick is a player who has been a long time on my radar because he’s the type of winger I like – fast, strong and he can play different positions in the forward line. He’s a really good signing for the club.At 27, he’s a good age and he has experience in the Premier League. He will give strength to the team and I’m very pleased to have Yannick as part of what we are trying to build here at Everton,” saidKoeman, who drew his first match 1-1 against Tottenham.