Sam Allardyce admits Yannick Bolasie has ‘taken a little bit longer to get into his stride’ following his return from injury.
Wayne Rooney was not the only Everton player to struggle in last weekend’s derby draw with Liverpool, with winger Bolasie’s substitution shortly afterwards greeted by cheers.
Bolasie came closest to scoring a goal for the Toffees, his curling shot needing a stunning save from Loris Karius, but he was otherwise lacklustre and appeared to run out of energy very early.
The 28-year-old returned from a year out with a cruciate ligament injury in December and has so far failed to hit the heights he reached in his Crystal Palace days.
Allardyce urged patience, saying: “Everybody expects players to be what they were before they got the injury and, while fit, sometimes it’s a little bit longer for some than for others.
“It’s taken Yannick a little bit longer to get into his stride. We have to just be patient and allow him to get back to his best. But the more he plays, the better he’ll get.”