Yannick Bolasie has endured an extremely difficult start to the 2015/16 season for a variety of reasons, all of which he readily opens up about in the fantastic interview with Palace TV’s Chris Grierson, attached below.
Whilst many of us expect Premier League footballers to be able to put personal issues aside from week to week in order to perform, the passing of Bolasie’s father at the start of the current campaign had a huge and far reaching effect on the winger, knocking him for six from a mental perspective.
Despite playing and impressing in our victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge just days later, Yannick openly admits that the loss of a man who he had so often looked up to throughout his formative years, has seen a massive shift in his responsibilities away from the football pitch.
Far from making excuses for what he would readily admit has been a below par few months for him in terms of his general performance levels, the interview serves as the perfect vehicle to offer some context for the reasons behind the DR Congo international’s dip in form.
So often as supporters, we allow the media madness the dominates the Premier League to impact upon our better judgement, encouraging us to expect far more than we should from those who are chosen to represent us from week to week, In relation to Yannick’s specific set of circumstances, it has probably led more than a few, including us at HLTCO, to place too great a level of expectation on his shoulders in the weeks and months that have followed his devastating news.
As has so often been the case since the club revamped their media output, the interview is well worth a few minutes of your time, offering a fantastic insight into the mindset of one of our supporters’ most beloved squad members.