Thursday 29 September 2016

Everton boss Ronald Koeman demands goals from flying winger Yannick Bolasie

Published 19/08/2016 | 10:21

Ronald Koeman wants to see Yannick Bolasie, pictured, hit the goal trail for Everton
Ronald Koeman wants to see Yannick Bolasie, pictured, hit the goal trail for Everton

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is looking for an improved scoring rate from Yannick Bolasie having signed one of the Premier League's "best wingers".

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Bolasie is set to make his Toffees debut in Saturday's away clash with West Brom following his switch, for a reported £25million, from Crystal Palace at the start of the week.

While producing plenty of impressive performances for Palace since their promotion to the top flight in 2013, the 27-year-old has not been a prolific scorer, netting a total of nine Premier League goals in that time.

Bolasie, whose tally in the league was four in 2014-15 then five last term, has expressed his belief he can "cause much more damage" as an Everton player.

And Koeman said of the DR Congo international: "He has a lot of strengths but he needs to improve in his productivity.

"Nine goals in three Premier League seasons is not a lot - it is too little."

Although making it clear he feels Bolasie's game needs work in terms of goalscoring, Koeman has not been short of praise more generally for his new recruit.

"He is a very important player," the Dutchman said.

"If you pay that amount of money for a player it is really an important transfer, and of course we know about his qualities.

"Really for a long time he was on my list because he is physically strong, fast and has a very good mentality. His work rate is high and he gives the team energy.

"He is one of the best wingers in the Premier League."

Bolasie says he feels "ready" to thrive at Everton and is not burdened by thoughts of his price tag.

"When people say £25million or whatever, I just try to think 'I'm here to play football'," Bolasie said.

"I don't really put pressure on myself like that. I just try to enjoy the game.

"I think I'm in the best position to come and do well here. Last year I probably wouldn't have been ready, but I feel like I am ready to take this step.

"I was learning my trade (at Palace) and hopefully I have got most of my mistakes out of the way over there and I'll start afresh here, and fast."

Meanwhile, Koeman has once again spelled out that Toffees striker Oumar Niasse is not part of his plans.

Niasse only joined Everton in February, arriving on a four-and-a-half-year deal for £13.5million from Lokomotiv Moscow.

The Senegal international has since managed just 152 minutes of competitive football for the club and - along with winger Aiden McGeady - was not given a squad number for this season.

Koeman said ahead of the West Brom game: "We made a fast decision about Niasse, and we made that fast decision about McGeady, and maybe one or two or three more.

"It will be very difficult for them to be part of the team.

"If Niasse likes to play football, then he needs to leave Everton."

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