Yannick Bolasie believes that his opportunities to train in warm weather usually help get him back to his best. He has experience with this after all, having spent a considerable amount of time training in warm weather mid season for some of his 31 DR Congo international caps.
As the winger continues to shake off the rust from a year out with a cruciate injury, he welcomed Everton’s current trip to Dubai for the chance to train in the warmth once again. Speaking with Evertonfc.com:
“Hopefully we will come back sharper. Personally, when I train in the heat then go back to the natural climate in England, I find I am that little bit quicker than what I would be normally. Hopefully that’s the benefit this time around as well.”
The winger has already shown considerable quickness so heaven help Premier League defenders if he gains yet another bit of spring in his step. The winger has attempted 5.4 dribbles per 90 minutes on the field and is completing right about half of them, a decent percentage. In comparison, Theo Walcott has been attempting 4.1 per 90 and has been successful on 3 per 90.
| Training hard in Dubai... #EFC pic.twitter.com/VKoHEVgwdF— Everton (@Everton) February 15, 2018
Bolasie won’t be the only Everton attacker looking to gain an added boost during this trip as Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin also look to gain more time. The latest idea in the revolving door of Big Sam attacking notions has been to put Gylfi-Niasse-Walcott across the top of his formation. The results of this trio have been pretty good, Walcott was an absolute dominant force on the ball against Palace and Oumar Niasse has scored virtually at will this season scoring every 121 minutes in the Premier League, with three assists to boot.
Everton will have two huge matches when they return from this trip, with Watford FC and Burnley on the horizon. Wins in both games against teams hovering around the Blues in the Premier League table would put the Toffees in good stead for another seventh placed finish and maybe a return to the Europa League next season.
Whether that is worth it’s while after what happened this season is another matter altogether.