Four years after he arrived at the club from Bristol City, Yannick Bolasie looks all set to leave Selhurst Park in a record-breaking transfer to Ronald Koeman’s Everton.
Although Yannick has only signed a new contract at Selhurst Park within the last year or so, the Toffees, fresh from receiving well in excess of £40 million for the sale of John Stones to Manchester City, are now prepared to obliterate their previous transfer record to take the wide man to Merseyside.
Whilst there has been a predictably large number of emotional meltdowns on social media regarding Yannick’s seemingly imminent departure from South London, very few Palace fans are claiming that the club’s owners are wrong for taking the bid Everton have put on the table most recently, with many happily admitting that, despite their sadness, we have unquestionably got the better end of the bargain.
No one who has watched Bolasie closely during his time in SE25 would deny that he has the ability to pull off some of the most flabbergasting moments of individual brilliance when the mood takes him, but amongst that, we’ve also had to endure an insane amount of frustration over his inability to replicate his best moments on anything like a regular enough basis.
His game is one which is based on unpredictability, but the characteristic that happens to be his biggest strength is also his most glaring weakness, which, if he’s not careful, could present a problem when being watched by the more expectant Goodison Park crowd.
None of us were particularly enamoured by the idea of letting a player who has been such a frequent presence in the first-team for four years leave this summer, but when you are offered the sort of sums being thrown around in the Sky Sports News report featured above, it becomes foolish to even entertain the idea of saying no.
He’ll go with our best wishes, that’s for sure.