Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has hailed the progress of DR Congo star Yannick Bolasie since joining the EFL Championship side on loan from Everton.
The 29-year-old came on as a substitute for Ghanaian Albert Adomah in Villa’s 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers last weekend, and will be aiming for further playing time when they face up to Derby County this Saturday.
“I am really pleased with how he’s responded. I thought he was a real threat when he came on against Bolton," Smith told the club’s official website.
“He looked powerful. He looked quick. He looked strong. He looked a bag full of tricks. That’s what I remember of him.
“I thought he did that when he came off the bench against QPR, too. It’s pleasing we have someone of that quality who’s getting better and better.”
Bolasie joined the Championship side in order to see regular playing time and he has thus far made nine appearances (all as a sub) and scored two goals in the English second-tier.
The DR Congo attacker’s club career has seen him feature for Everton, Crystal Palace, Bristol City, Plymouth Argyle and Barnet.
Bolasie is also set to feature for his country when they face rivals Congo Brazzaville away from home next weekend in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.