Given the interest that was swirling around Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie at the end of last season, you could have been forgiven for thinking that he wouldn’t be at Selhurst Park for the start of the new campaign, but according to the Croydon Advertiser, there have been no bids for the 26-year-old whatsoever.
Following a stunning end to the previous campaign, which included an 11-minute hat-trick away at Sunderland, Alan Pardew warned any potential suitors off of a move for Bolasie by suggesting that it would take £40 million for the club to consider letting him go. Whilst it was of course an outlandish comment, it served its purpose, with clubs not wasting our time with low bids throughout the summer.
There had been talks of serious interest from Tottenham in the DR Congo international, but as the summer has progressed, Pochettino appears to have moved on to other targets, leaving Bolasie himself to ponder what he can do to further prove himself in the eyes of the wider footballing public.
Now back in pre-season training with the club at England’s St George’s Park complex, it seems as if he’ll be with until January at the very earliest, as we look to push our way further up the table in a bid to solidify our status as a top half Premier League side.
Having formed a dazzling partnership with Wilfried Zaha on the flanks at Selhurst Park, Bolasie is well aware that Alan Pardew has improved his game on a personal level since arriving at the turn of the year and would be well served by staying for another few months at the very least, in the hope of further progress on and off the field in SE25.
It’s easy to look at other clubs and see them as more upwardly mobile, but in truth, the success we’ve had over the last five years has seldom been matched by other outfits. Should we be able to keep hold of our best players for the foreseeable future, a tilt at a European place may not be too far away.