Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie and Fulham's Kevin McDonald challenge for the ball
Everton today completed the signing on Yannick Bolasie from Crystal Palace on a five-year deal for £25 million as reported by the BBC. But Bolasie comes with a vast reputation of being the man thought to hold all the creative keys in the wide position that Ronald Koeman's side are looking for.
As reported in the Liverpool Echo the Congolese international comes with the reputation of being one of Crystal Palace's, if not Palace's most exciting and creative players. But the point of contention with Bolasie has always been the number of goals he scores.
In 143 games for Palace, the 27-year-old has scored just 13 goals, and while 5 of those came last season, these are not numbers that are likely to make everyone stand up and take notice.
But when compared to Everton's wide men last season, in Kevin Mirallas, Gerard Deulofeu and Aaron Lennon, who managed 4, 2 and 5 respectively, his number are better than Mirallas' and Deulofeu's and as good as Lennon's.
Everton's Aaron Lennon in action with Tottenham's Kyle Walker
It is creatively where Bolasie could make the difference. The Premier League stated that last season for Palace, Bolasie created 7 big chances, where as Mirallas created 3, Lennon created 1 and Deulofeu created 9.
Everton's Gerard Deulofeu in action with Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld
The Premier League also shows that Bolasie had 506 passes per game and 138 crosses, compared to Mirallas who stats show 329 passes and 45 crosses, Lennon who had 477 passes per game and 34 crosses, and Deulofeu who had 523 passes and 141 crosses.
Manchester United's Daley Blind in action with Everton's Kevin Mirallas
While Deulofeu and Bolasie seem fairly matched on big chances created, passes per game and crosses, their stats outweigh both Mirallas' and Lennon's. The Liverpool Echo also states that "Bolasie completed 75 ‘take-ons’ in the Premier League last season - a figure which amounts to 52.82% of all of his attempted dribbles last year."
They go on to add that in comparison with the three Everton players only "Lennon’s percentage of 59.52% is the only one to surpass Bolasie’s, with both Deulofeu and Mirallas around the 50% mark."
With Bolasie now surrounded with creative players like Ross Barkley, there is a belief his stats can improve further as he looks to make his mark at Goodison Park alongside Deulofeu, Mirallas and Lennon.