Yannick Bolasie joined Everton from Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee in August 2016, the Democratic Republic of Congo international signing a five-year contract with the Blues to June 2021.
Born in the French city of Lyon to Congolese parents, Bolasie moved to England when he was just seven months old and grew up in the London borough of Brent, a stone’s throw away from Wembley Stadium.
After a brief spell with Hillingdon Borough of the Southern Football League, he moved across Europe to join Floriana in the Maltese Premier League. He then returned to English shores after one season, signing for Championship outfit Plymouth Argyle in January 2010 and going on to play under the stewardship of Everton legend Peter Reid during his time on the south coast. A season on loan with Barnet followed, before Bolasie joined Bristol City on a permanent basis in June 2011. He hit the ground running at Ashton Gate, securing City’s Young Player of the Season award at the end of his one and only season with the club.
The tricky winger then secured a switch to Crystal Palace, helping the Eagles secure promotion to the Premier League - via the play-offs - in his first season with the London club.
Bolasie registered his maiden top-flight goal against the Toffees at Goodison Park in September 2014. It was the first highlight of an impressive season for Bolasie, who netted an 11-minute hat-trick against Sunderland seven months later.
He also aided Crystal Palace to the 2016 FA Cup final, scoring an early goal in the semi-final as Alan Pardew’s side recorded a 2-1 win over Watford.
Bolasie, eligible to represent France, England and DR Congo, initially turned down the first chance to play for DR Congo to focus on his club career. But he later accepted the call from his nation of heritage in March 2013, with Bolasie making his international bow in a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Libya.
After scoring his first Everton goal at Burnley in September 2016, Bolasie suffered cruciate ligament damage in December's 1-1 draw against Manchester United, with surgery curtailing his involvement in the remainder of the season.
The exciting winger returned to the first-team fold for the Boxing Day draw at West Bromwich Albion in 2017, going onto make 17 appearances for the Blues in the 2017/18 season. He netted the Toffees’ goal in a 3-1 home defeat to eventual champions Manchester City in March 2018.
In August 2018, Bolasie joined Championship club Aston Villa on loan. He stayed at Villa Park until January, turning out 21 times for the Midlands team and scoring two goals. He then spent the remainder of the campaign at Belgian side Anderlecht, where he hit six goals in 17 appearances.
Contracted until: June 2021