Yannick Bolasie was practically unplayable at times yesterday, acting as a constant thorn in the side of Southampton’s defence; not that we should have expected anything less after his audacious flicks and tricks in the warm-up.
The DR Congo international has carved a niche out for himself in the Premier League in the last few years, encouraging neutral fans all over the country to pay attention whenever he’s in possession. Yesterday, he was pulling out all the stops before the game had even begun, prompting the club’s official Twitter feed to share a moment of sheer brilliance with their followers.
Having grabbed the assist for Yohan Cabaye’s winning goal, Yannick will have every right to be feeling pleased with his overall output on the day. Probing and teasing the Saints back four at every available opportunity, he has been at the top of his game for well over a month now, forcing plenty of doubters, (including myself) to stand back and admit that they were wrong about the limitations in his game.
For all of the wonderful individual moments, many had previously felt compelled to reference the lack of a final product in Bolasie’s game; a criticism he appears to have taken on board and rectified since November began. If he continue to play with the same level of intensity between now and May, we could be in for an extremely interesting few months.