‘Alive and kicking’: Everton ace determined to break back into squad

Matthew Chivers November 10, 2020
‘Alive and kicking’: Everton ace determined to break back into squad
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Yannick Bolasie has admitted it was “disappointing” to be omitted from Everton’s 25-man Premier League but told Sky Sports he intends to work his way back into the squad.

The 31-year-old winger almost signed on loan for Middlesborough in the summer transfer window. However, the deal broke down.

Everton signing

Everton signed Bolasie from fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace in 2016 for £25 million.

However, Bolasie has since spent time at Aston Villa, Anderlecht and Sporting Lisbon in separate loan spells.

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Despite that, Bolasie told Sky Sports he’s determined to get back in Everton’s first-team squad.

He said: “I continue to keep working and to play and train to the best of my ability. That’s what I’m doing right now.

“I’m not counting myself out and I believe eventually my talent will come out – whoever it’s with and wherever I am.

“The way to stay positive is to always look for ways in which you can improve. What total distance can I get through in a week or in a session? Can I beat it next week? That’s what motivates me still.”

Stealing the show

Bolasie, who has 35 caps for the Democratic Republic of Congo, has an exciting and powerful style of play.

That was never more evident than in May 2015, when Crystal Palace beat Liverpool 3-1 in what was Steven Gerrard’s final match at Anfield.

Bolasie provided an assist for Wilfried Zaha in a memorable win against Everton’s rivals.

Since signing for the Blues, Bolasie has only scored two goals and provided four assists. However, he believes he can reclaim his place.

He said: “Whenever I’ve been backed into a corner, I’ve always thrived. I believe that, whatever happens, I will come out stronger and show everyone what I can still do.

“Even if there’s just that one per cent chance of a move, I’m alive and kicking.”

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Graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2019, and has since become a qualified NCTJ journalist, studying at News Associates in Manchester.