Yannick Bolasie found himself linked with Spurs consistently throughout the summer but saw nothing come of their supposed interest in him in the lead up to the recent transfer deadline.
Manager Alan Pardew addressed the situation head on when speaking to the press recently in the build-up to our meeting with the North Londoners this weekend, admitting that, regardless of the constant stream of speculation linking the winger with a switch, there was never any concrete negotiations between the two clubs over a possible transfer.
Reports had suggested that Daniel Levy and co. were ready to splash out more than £20 million to take the former Bristol City man to White Hart Lane, but clearly, Spurs were never keen enough on Yannick to ever commit to a deal of such size.
For Pardew and Palace, there will undoubtedly have been something of a sales job done in relation to the wide man, whose end product has often left supporters wondering whether or not he has what it takes to flourish at the top-level. On the face of things, fans of other clubs tend to feel that Yannick’s flair and skill are a sign of his potential for improvement, but in reality, his game is one which relies heavily on sparse moments of unexpected brilliance.
We will of course be more than happy to keep Yala on our books for the foreseeable future, such is the love our fans have for him, but it seems as though Spurs never were as desperate to land him as the press forced us to believe.
That being said, a barnstorming performance in front of the Sky Sports cameras tomorrow afternoon’s might change their perspective slightly.