Midfielder lacking quality: Three things we learned from Everton v Swansea
By Dominic Toner
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Everton’s 1-1 draw against Swansea in Saturday’s Premier League match at Goodison Park.
Bolasie not matching £25m price tag
Everton winger Yannick Bolasie will once again be disappointed following his performance against Swansea. The 27-year-old found himself in several brilliant positions to score and yet again showed why the club’s supporters have been frustrated by his signing. Bolasie completed a £25million switch to Goodison Park in the summer from Crystal Palace and is yet to warrant that price tag. He missed a free header and a one-on-one opportunity against Swansea, but fans will be furious with his final delivery. He played the full 90 minutes and failed to find the right pass for target man Romelu Lukaku in attack. Bolasie has now scored just one goal in 14 appearances for the club and is yet to justify the money that Ronald Koeman spent on him in the transfer window.
Lukaku needs consistency
Romelu Lukaku showed once again why he can be so frustrating to managers as he was fairly non-existent against Swansea. The Belgian forward missed a good chance in the first-half from close-range, but apart from that offered very little goal threat. He has proved this season that he is a clinical finisher by scoring seven goals in 12 appearances, and now needs to add consistency to his game. Lukaku was very much a passenger against Swansea and needs to make an impact even when he is not scoring goals.
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Deulofeu makes positive impact
Everton wide man Gerard Deulofeu did prove to be a good second-half substitute and looked lively following his introduction. The 22-year-old helped add an extra bit of pace to the side and as a result they went on to snatch a point late on. He has been very much a bit-part player this season under manager Koeman and is yet to complete 90 minutes during his nine appearances. The Spaniard was heavily involved during the club’s pre-season and was even deployed as a central striker, but Koeman has mainly used him as an impact substitute. Deulofeu will have to hope he has done enough to break into the starting XI and his cameo against Swansea will not have done his chances any harm.
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