Alan Pardew has suggested that Tottenham’s interest in Yannick Bolasie won’t make the slightest bit of difference to the winger’s state of mind.
After being given a brief cameo appearance at Carrow Road yesterday afternoon, Yannick will be expected to make a more sizeable contribution in coming weeks, but following on from just three days training, Pardew was simply happy to see him back in a red and blue shirt.
Clearly secure in the fact that Bolasie won’t be leaving the club before the transfer window closes, the manager said:
“It will need a lot of money from [Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy.
Let’s put one thing straight, Yannick Bolasie is the nicest kid in the world. Real Madrid couldn’t turn his head, he just does his work.
“He had three days training, I couldn’t put him in as much as I wanted to. He gives us that X-factor, he excites me and I like watching him play.
“We were pleased he made a small contribution and it will be much bigger as it goes along.”
Whilst there is undoubtedly a degree of exaggeration to Pardew’s words, it’s comforting to hear the level of conviction with which he attacks any discussions over Bolasie’s future.
If you were to take the countless reports on the national press seriously, you would readily assume that Yannick is mere days away from getting a move, but in Pardew’s mind, there isn’t a chance of the 26-year-old leaving Selhurst Park before January at the very earliest.
He has every chance of starting against Arsenal next weekend, in a game that could set down a definitive marker for us moving forward into the nitty gritty of the top flight’s closer run fixtures.
For another few months at least, it looks as if Tottenham will be forced to wait in their pursuit of Pardew’s magic man.