New Everton signing Yannick Bolasie says he is looking forward to teamming up with fullback Seamus Coleman after the duo have been involved in some tough battles in recent years, the Liverpool Echo report.
Bolasie completed his move to Everton this week, trading Crystal Palace for Goodison Park.
As a Palace player, the DR Congo international was widely regarded as one of the trickiest wingers in the Premier League and one partocular display left Everton’s Coleman in knots.
Everton's Seamus Coleman applauds their fans after the game
Speaking on his move to Goodison Park, Bolasie admits he hasn’t yet reminded Coleman of the grilling he gave him before suggesting they have the makings of an excellent partnership on the wing.
“I haven’t really started bantering him yet, I’m just trying to settle in, but me and Seamus have a mutual respect because I know he’s a tough opponent,” Bolasie told the Liverpool Echo.
“He’s had the better of me and I’ve had the better of him and now to play together will be good because I understand what he can do and he can understand what I can do.”
Everton manager Ronaldo Koeman
Bolasie can feature on either wing and possesses such strength, power and directness that opposing fullbacks often struggle to stop him when full flight.
Coleman has mde Everton’s right-back slot his own over the past few seasons though he has often found himself looking up the line at different wingers, largely due to the Toffees’ lack of genuine wide players.
Now Bolasie has joined, boss Ronald Koeman can expect Coleman’s performances to improve what with the Irish fullback likely to gain more confidence having a settled winger willing to contribute at both ends.
General view outside Goodison Park before the match