Everton’s Bolasie, Lukaku use Bantu language to confuse defenders

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In keeping Romelu Lukaku around and convincing Yannick Bolasie to come to Goodison Park, Everton walked right into a secret advantage.

With apologies to Ross Barkley, Lukaku and Bolasie are the club’s most dangerous weapons. And they are made a bit more mysterious by a common bond few defenses can understand.

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That bond is the Congolese dialect of Lingala, a Bantu language.

The Liverpool Echo’s Phil Kirkbride has the story of how Lukaku and Bolasie use that little spoken — at least in England — dialect to help outfox defenders.

“It really helps when we talk in our language, Lingala, and I know his cousin, who plays with me for DR Congo.

“There aren’t too many defenders in the league who speak it, so that gives us a little bit of an advantage.

“It’s particularly useful because it’s quick.”

That’s a cool little quirk — not to boil a language down to a quirk — for Bolasie and Lukaku.