Winger hailed by Baines

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Everton winger Yannick Bolasie needs to be given game time if the club are to see the best of him, according to Leighton Baines.

The 28-year-old has been plagued by injury problems and had over 12 months out with a knee problem, but he is back in the first team but, as yet, not up to his previous standards.

Left-back Baines, who himself has had a season ruined by injury problems, says the winger needs to be given more time in the team if he is to get back to his best.

‘Yannick is another player who has been disrupted with his injures and such a long layoff,’ Baines told evertonfc.com .

‘When you have that type of injury it is always going to take you a bit of time to get back up and running and get your legs back under you.

‘He has started to do that and is someone I know, that if I give him the ball, I just have to support him from behind. He is good to play with.

‘He is always a threat for us and keeps the opposition full-backs busy.

‘Yes [Bolasie‚Äôs confidence is rising]. He has had a few good performances, set up a few goals and scored as well.

‘That will give him confidence and he has started to show that on the pitch with the positivity in his play.

‘That is the type of player he is. He is someone you have to allow to go and express himself. If you tried to stifle him it would take so much away from his game, so you just have to let him go and play.’

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