'Just Be Yourself Yannick'

by Rob Urbani
@Everton

Ronald Koeman will tell Yannick Bolasie to treat Friday’s match with Crystal Palace like any normal fixture - despite it being the first time the winger will go up against his former club.

Bolasie spent four years at Selhurst Park, prior to his switch to Merseyside in August.

The 27-year-old has started the last four Premier League matches and is set to take his place in Everton’s line-up in the Friday night fixture at Goodison Park.

Asked about Bolasie’s mindset ahead of the reunion with his former Palace colleagues, Koeman said: “Yannick is good - like always, he is very committed to the team and his teammates. 

“Of course, for Yannick it is a very special game. He is playing against his old team but you have your job - you don’t do things different than usually. That’s the advice what I have given to Yannick.”

Koeman has been encouraged by the early signs of promise in the relationship between Bolasie and Romelu Lukaku.

The winger has so far supplied two assists for Lukaku, against Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

And the Blues boss believes this link-up play is enhanced by their friendship off the field.

“You need understanding with your players,” the manager added. “It’s normal with some players they have a professional relationship on the pitch and they also have a relationship outside of the pitch. 

“If that’s better for the team, I love it.”

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