Yannick Bolasie will hand Everton a major injury boost when he resumes full training on Monday after 11 months on the sidelines. The winger's cruciate knee ligament injury, sustained last December, has resulted in his absence being keenly felt within the first-team setup at Goodison Park. None more so has this been evident than this season with the Toffees struggling for form, and his return will be a welcome relief for player and club. What will the Congo international bring to the fold once...
Pace, and Lots of it
Everton have been crying out for pace in the starting lineup for the majority of the campaign to date.
It was no surprise, then, to see them finally win a match with the introduction of that attribute in Ademola Lookman and Aaron Lennon last time out against Watford.
Questions marks will remain over whether Bolasie has lost a yard of pace or not when he eventually returns but, if he hasn't, his frightening speed will give Everton's attack an added dimension to give opposition defenders something else to think about.
Deliveries Into the Box
Everton's issues in front of goal need no introduction and, whilst it's been a problem finding many Blues stars getting into the box to score, deliveries from out wide have left much to be desired.
Even the evergreen Leighton Baines has struggled to fire in trademark whipped crosses into the area, but Bolasie's return could change that.
The Lyon-born ace has a wicked cross in him no matter what wing he's on, and his arcing high balls into the box will be food and drink for the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Sometimes even Bolasie won't be sure what he plans to do next with the ball at his feet!
The talented, tricky wideman has a plethora of skills up his sleeve and is just as at home whether taking on defenders himself or linking up with others to create opportunities for his teammates.
It is this unpredictability which will cause opposing players to think twice about how to deal with him, and will ensure that Everton's attacks are less telegraphed than the slow, laborious build-ups so far this term.
Unrelenting Work Rate
Bolasie may have used most of his energy at Plymouth and Crystal Palace going forward, but the 28-year-old will need to work just as hard off the ball and in defence for the Everton cause.
Evertonians demand nothing but 100% commitment and work rate from their players, and Bolasie showed he was willing to put in the hard yards during his first 15 Toffees appearances.
He'll need to keep up that kind of all-round display upon his return to help drag the Blues up the Premier League table too.
'Shoot on Sight' Policy
With just four different Premier League scorers all season long, Everton are in dire need of other senior stars stepping up to the plate.
In Bolasie, the Merseysiders have someone who can strike a ball as well as any other in the first-team squad.
His ability to fire shots from distance will give goalkeepers something else to consider in matches, and any spilled efforts could be lapped up by others like the predatory Oumar Niasse to help swing games in Everton's favour.