Everton took on Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby this weekend.in what turned out to be a rather drab affair. Everton set up defensively for much of the game and chances were few and far between from both sides.
One of Everton’s best chances fell to winger Yannick Bolasie. He jinked away from his marker before curling a long-range effort at goal which was only stopped by the exceptional save of German stopper Loris Karius.
It was, however, just a flash in the pan from the DR Congo winger.
It is hard to think of a more frustrating performance from an Everton player in recent history than that of Bolasie against Liverpool this weekend.
Going forward he is inconsistent. Rather than deliver an early ball he often delays, trying to skill his way past opposing defenders rather than try and find Cenk Tosun in the box. It was a source of frustration for Everton fans as, much of the time, he simply ends up giving away possession.
His lack of urgency and need to always showboat is also a massive source of annoyance for the Everton faithful. A prime example being his decision to wait until Danny Ings was within touching distance before taking possession of the ball in the first-half. The result was a dangerous tackle on the Liverpool player that was entirely unnecessary.
The most alarming aspect of all was the simple lack of knowing his role. At times he appeared to be at left-back when he tracked Nathaniel Clyne. Most of the time, however, he found himself locked between both attack and defence, in no man’s land.
It is not the first time Bolasie has put in such a performance. His obvious talent is plain to see. However, he continually gives the ball away and tries to do too much.
When he was hauled off for Dominic Calvert-Lewin the cheers from the Everton crowd spoke volumes. During his short time on the pitch the youngster was a far more potent threat than Bolasie and, hopefully, he has usurped him in the pecking order.
Bolasie is great fun, but also the most irritating player you can imagine. Everton fans appear to have lost patience and it will be interesting to see if Sam Allardyce feels the same way.