Make no mistake, Yannick Bolasie is keen on the idea of a move to Tottenham Hotspur, but he won’t be forcing his way out of Crystal Palace under a cloud of controversy.
Understandably desperate to prove his worth at the highest level possible, the DR Congo international has greeted talk of Spurs’ interest in him with open arms, admitting on more than one occasion that he is flattered to have been mentioned as a transfer target for the north Londoners. That being said, he’s also acutely aware of the needs of his current employers, stating that he would only leave if the deal suited all parties.
I’m a loyal guy, but this is a game and a business. Opportunities to play for a top club do not swing by every day. You would have to look into it to see if it suits you and your family.
“At my age it could be the right time, but it has to be right for the club as well.”
Although there will almost certainly be a few Palace fans who don’t enjoy a player flirting with a potential suitor so openly in the press, you have to admire Yannick’s honesty in this situation. On a personal level, I would far rather see him being totally up front over his intentions, as opposed to the likes of Fabian Delph, who earlier this summer, lied directly to Aston Villa’s supporters over where his loyalties lay before leaving them in the lurch just a few days later.
Yannick is almost certain to move on sooner or later, and given the long-term interest in him from White Hart Lane, you would assume they would be at the front of the queue for any deal that did see him departing SE25.
For the money that is supposedly on offer, we could do far worse than to let him pursue his dream.