Neil Warnock says that he’s expecting ‘big things’ from Yannick Bolasie during the second half of the season.
Middlesbrough completed a deal to sign the Everton man on a loan deal until the end of the campaign during a busy January transfer window for the club.
Since then the 31-year-old has started two matches out of two for the Teessiders against Norwich City and Brentford and showed genuine signs of the quality that made him such a big player at Premier League level.
Playing at the Riverside is an opportunity for Bolasie to prove himself after a difficult couple of years, and according to Warnock, he says that the forward ‘owes him’ some big performances after his show of faith.
As quoted by the Hartlepool Mail, Warnock said: “He’s been working very hard and he owes me.
“I’m expecting big things from him in the last 18 games and I don’t think he’ll disappoint me.
“I don’t think Kebano will either, he just needs a little bit more help in that respect, we have got to be positive and at the same time be solid at the back.
“I think although it’s more difficult for me in terms of selection, I’m actually enjoying it looking at the bench and seeing that we can change it.”
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There’s no doubt that expectations around Yannick Bolasie are high.
The Everton man is a player of real quality and in truth it’s a surprise that he’s not still plying his trade at Premier League level.
The 31-year-old has a real point to prove and with Warnock backing him the onus is now on him to show that he can still be a force to be reckoned with.