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Bolasie: It was a blessing to be out there

Winger back after over a year

West Bromwich Albion v Everton - Premier League Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

In a dull game with few real chances for either side, Everton fans will certainly be pleased with at least one thing to have come out of the 0-0 draw away at West Bromwich Albion. Yannick Bolasie returned to the starting lineup for the first time in over a year and played an hour as well.

The winger was injured last December and had to undergo two knee surgeries, and was widely expected to be out for closer to eighteen months. However, the Congolese international has remained dedicated to his training regimen and recovered quick than expected, and looked to be back to his usual today.

Speaking after the game, Bolasie was first asked about the difference Sam Allardyce has made to the squad since he took over seven games ago and maintained an unbeaten record with just two goals conceded since then.

“We know Sam Allardyce from his years in the Premier League. For me, I’ve been quite impressed with what he’s done for us, but the attackers have to do a little bit better. But you know hopefully that will come.”

On his return to the pitch after such a long time -

“Yeah for me it was obviously not the greatest game, but just to be out there is a blessing. This injury was really career-threatening but I’ve played it down and not let it get to me.

“I was just happy to be out there and I thank God I could be out there. I think a couple more matches and the sharpness (will return).

“Today was a great surprise for myself, I had no clue that I was even going to start. I thank the gaffer for the faith he’s put into me because I’ve been out for a year.”