Everton fans everywhere were excited by the potential in Yannick Bolasie’s game when he made the move to Goodison Park back in the summer of 2016 but just over two years later, it looks as though many within the Toffees fan-base have grown tired of the winger.
Despite the DR Congo international putting the ball across which eventually led to Theo Wallcott’s winner against Newcastle last night, there is little in the way of goodwill being shown towards him from the stands, prompting me to wonder whether or not Palace fans would consider the prospect of re-signing him over the course of the upcoming transfer window.
Now 28, it’s only fair to reference the knee ligament injury he suffered in December of 2016 in any discussion surrounding his possible return to SE25. Of course, it’s impossible to get a truly accurate read on how a player has recovered from a setback of that magnitude when watching from afar but to me, it does seem as though Yala has lost a yard of pace, which has almost certainly had a major impact on his ability to beat the full-backs he’s coming up against from week to week.
Despite that, I can’t help but feel that a move back to Selhurst Park may reinvigorate the wide-man, who undoubtedly played the best football of his career to date whilst wearing red and blue. Having grown up in Barnet, Yannick left Bristol City for Palace in 2012 after becoming homesick for London and flourished in his new surroundings.
Working in tandem with Wilfried Zaha on the opposite flank, Bolasie acted as a constant thorn in the opposition’s side, winning plaudits from across the game for his range of tricks and flicks but the freedom and backing we gave him doesn’t appear to have been replicated at Everton.
Feasible questions will rightly be asked about how Bolasie would slot into a side that already includes Andros Townsend and the aforementioned Zaha but with Bakary Sako out of contract this summer and no other out-and-out wingers pushing for a place in Roy Hodgson’s starting XI, a reunion with Yala (albeit at a lower price than what we sold him for) is likely to be something that plenty of supporters are happy to consider.
You need only look at these comments from the Everton faithful to know how they’d feel about it.
Bolasie is so so poor, feel sorry for him after a horrific injury but it’s time to go 👋🏼
— Ben Winstanley (@benjwinstanley) April 23, 2018
Bad enough Bolasie was awful but the fact that he started to hide during the game was unforgivable! Gave no option to Baines, tucking inside instead.
— Jay (@Jasman9) April 23, 2018
A wins a win but my god we look awful. Bolasie is terrible , I would love to see him come good but I just cant see it happening . Looks like hes lost about 2 yards pace and looks terrified. #EFC
— James Brougham (@JamesBrougham1) April 23, 2018
Bolasie is that bad I’m starting to feel embarrassed for him.
— Alexandra Greenway (@al_greenway) April 23, 2018
Can we have a yannick Bolasie Out flag next week plz
— () (@Joe_W20) April 23, 2018
Bolasie is pretty awful.
— S (@EFC_95) April 23, 2018
Bolasie can longer be described as a professional footballer
— Johnny Cadona (@cadona69) April 23, 2018
Bobby Madley has a better touch than Bolasie
— 𝕎𝕎™️ (@WWEFC99) April 23, 2018
Bolasie once again proving even the disadvantaged of foot can earn a good living as a professional fucking football player.
— Neil (@DogBeard74) April 24, 2018
I’d genuinely fuck bolasie off to tranmere now for free
— Ben (@BT_1878) April 23, 2018
Genuinely think Bolasie is one of the worst players to ever pull on a blue shirt. Granted, that injury has really not helped, but for the amount of ball he gets he should do a hell of a lot more.
— John Coyne (@mrjohncoyne) April 24, 2018