Yannick Bolasie was once a huge fans’ favourite at Crystal Palace and now, with Thursday’s transfer deadline fast approaching, The Guardian are reporting that the winger could well be in line for a permanent return to Selhurst Park.
The DR Congo international had high hopes for his time on Merseyside when making the £25 million switch in August of 2016 but after making a mildly impressive start to life with the Toffees, he found himself ruled out of action for a full calendar year, after damaging his cruciate knee ligaments against Manchester United in early December.
Whilst the Everton faithful remained hopeful of seeing Yala bounce back into the first-team with a bang, his performances since returning from injury have given them no reason to believe that he’s capable of dazzling in the same way he once did in red and blue, prompting new boss Marco Silva to make him available for a transfer to any interested parties. Pace was an attribute which always seemed to play a major role in Bolasie’s sky-high confidence at Palace and sadly, since his lay-off, it’s looked to me as if he’s lost a yard or two.
I’ll be the first to admit that a move for Yannick would not be my first choice but with Bakary Sako having still not been replaced since rejecting our contract offer, I can see one or two upsides to bringing into the squad for a little added depth. We were seemingly looking into a move for Swansea’s Jordan Ayew but with Jairo Riedewald believed to be refusing to go the other way in a part-exchange, doubts have been raised over our ability to fully fund the move.
Unlike when he left, Yannick would not be a guaranteed starter at Selhurst Park, were he to return. In Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha, Roy Hodgson has two outstanding wingers who would never be asked to step aside to accommodate Bolasie’s place in the starting XI but as a potential weapon off the bench, I have heard of worse ideas; particularly when you consider how short we are on time in the race to source a winger before the deadline passes on Thursday.
Watch this space.