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Pardew: Bolasie Has Nothing To Prove

29 September 2016

This will be the first time that 27 year-old Yannick Bolasie lines up against his former club and Alan Pardew knows that he will be out to impress on the visit of the club he left in the summer.

“I love Yala but I just hope he is not going to have one of his super games that he is capable of but of course he will be looking to impress. He has nothing to prove to us or our fans, they still love him although I don’t think they are particularly happy that they have the song but that type of thing goes with a club signing big players.”

Two of the strikers on duty for each side on Friday know each other well as they compete for the shirt at international level and Alan Pardew recognises the quality of both as they come up against each other in the Premier League.


“I have worked with a number of strikers in my career and they are all in the category of being top players and at an international level and you have to say the same about Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku.

“They are both after the same shirt for Belgian and you could say that they have their own little sub plot for the game, it will be great for their international manager, Roberto Martinez, who can sit back and enjoy seeing them both play. Christian is in great form and all I have seen about him since he has signed for us is done at a very high level."

Benteke scored the late winner at Sunderland last weekend and the manager is no doubt at the quality he has given his fellow team mates.  

“He has given an assurance to the team here as we now know that in him, Connor Wickham and Fraizer Campbell we have three strikers with not much to choose between them. Christian’s record though gives us an assurance that he is going to get the goals and the other two have to push him.”

Another new arrival at Goodison this summer was manager Ronald Koeman and Alan believes he has gone into a good job to work with a talented squad of players.   

“People talk about good jobs and I think he has a good job there, he had a financial push when he went there and they bought well including taking a great player from us and Ronald is now an experienced Premier League manager. He has done well at Southampton so knows this league but now it is about trying to get his Everton team as best and consistent as he can. Last season they were a good side even though slightly under performing for whatever reason but have a real good set of players and will do well this year.” 

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