Yesterday evening saw the club announce that Yannick Bolasie had agreed to extend his stay in SE25 for another three-and-a-half years.
The tricky winger has been the subject of endless transfer speculation in recent months, but is now signed up to the club until the end of the 2019 season, on paper at least.
Following a summer which has seen the DR Congo international’s name linked to Tottenham Hotspur on an almost daily basis, you can’t help but wonder about the motivation behind the deal for the club.
Much like the scenario which saw Andrew Johnson commit his future to Palace in the weeks following our relegation from the Premier League in 2005, you get the sense that Yannick’s new contract could be about financial security for us as a football club, rather than a burning desire from the player to remain in South London for the rest of his days.
Despite the hint of scepticsm that you may be able to detect in the tone of my words so far, it should also be said that I, along with thousands of other Palace fans adore Yannick, who, in the years since his arrival, has become a symbol of what it means to pull on the red and blue shirt from week to week.
Yes, his lack of a regular end product can be a little maddening on occasion, but you can seldom fault his work-rate. Whilst the wildness of his shooting has become part of Palace folklore, Bolasie represents the little engine that could in the minds of many, blessed with mind-boggling dribbling abilities above all else, his overall game may appear a little lopsided at times but in essence, it’s the reason that the Selhurst Park faithful took to him so readily in the first place.
We love a trier in SE25; we always have and we always will. Let’s hope that my cynical views on the real reasons behind his contract extension prove to be unfounded and we get to enjoy Yala bombing down the flanks for countless years to come.