Michael Ball highlights the importance of missing Everton duo
By Aramide Oladipo
Michael Ball believes that Everton are seriously missing duo Seamus Coleman and Yannick Bolasie because they are the main players who can provide pace in the team.
Coleman, 29, has been an integral part of the first-team squad at Goodison Park but he has yet to feature for the club this season after suffering a broken leg whilst on international duty for the Republic of Ireland in March.
Bolasie, 28, was enjoying an impressive debut campaign on Merseyside last season before picking up a serious cruciate knee ligament injury in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United last December.
Both players are renowned for the ability to provide pace on the flanks and former Everton man Ball feels that the team have struggled due to the lack of speed.
“We need a Premier League tempo and we haven’t been showing that yet,” he wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo.
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“We are crying out for pace and width.
“We are missing players with pace like Seamus Coleman and Yannick Bolasie, so we need to use what players we have who can offer that.”
Both players managed to contribute a combined total of seven assists in all competitions for Everton last season before their respected injuries but the team are failing to create clear-cut chances at the start of this campaign.
The Toffees once again lacked dynamism throughout the team during the 1-1 draw against Brighton on the weekend.
Ronald Koeman’s team will have the opportunity to turn things around when French outfit Lyon travel to Goodison Park for the midweek Europa League tie.
In other Everton news, the club are reportedly lining up a move for this Newcastle United senior man.