How YouTube and editing skills secured Yannick Bolasie his first big break in English football

Yannick Bolasie of Everton battles with Raheem Sterling of Man City during the Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park on March 31, 2018 in Liverpool, England.
(Image credit: Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images)

Yannick Bolasie is regarded now as a 'Streets will never forget' footballer – and rather fittingly, he's now told FourFourTwo that YouTube helped him get his big break as a player.

The Congo international represented Everton and Crystal Palace among others, dazzling with his dribbling skills and mastery of the ball in the Premier League. As well as being impressive down the flanks, however, the wing wizard was also handy with editing videos – and now he says that he used that experience to make his own skills compilations. 

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Mark White
Content Editor

Mark White has been at on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, first as a staff writer before becoming content editor in 2023. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also represented FFT at both FA Cup and League Cup finals (though didn't receive a winners' medal on either occasion) and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He has written cover features for the mag on Mikel Arteta and Martin Odegaard, and is assisted by his cat, Rosie, who has interned for the brand since lockdown.