A new independent study has revealed that Everton’s summer move for former Crystal Palace winger was one of the most overpriced deals of the entire transfer window, based on his estimated worth.
Having seen Palace pick the former Bristol City man up for relative peanuts back in 2012, his progress in SE25 will have satisfied anyone with a craving for a “rags to riches” footballing fairy-tale, but the general lack of anger amongst our fan-base at his departure, should highlight the stellar price Steve Parish and his fellow directors negotiated when finally agreeing to let him fly the Eagles’ nest.
Whilst it’s difficult to say with any degree of cast-iron certainty what a player is truly worth in the cash-rich modern market, you will struggle many in any Palace fans who weren’t happy to take the money and run when they discovered the final sum Everton were willing to part with in their efforts to sign the DR Congo international.
For all of the hype Bolasie can create through eye-catching tricks and a youthful sense of exuberance with the ball at his feet, concerns over a lack of consistent end product have haunted his reputation from the moment he first pulled on a red and blue shirt. Of course, he was often forgiven for his shortcomings by supporters who took heart from his happy-go-lucky charisma on the pitch, but there have always been a queue of naysayers ready and willing to point out the shortcomings that stalk his general play.
With more than £1 billion having been spent over the course of the summer window just gone, Yannick Bolasie’s big-money move to Merseyside has often been referenced as proof of a sea-change in the general value of Premier League talent, but for Palace fans, the above study proves beyond all doubt that we pulled off the sale of the summer.