Yesterday saw Everton’s Yannick Bolasie return to the club early from his loan at Aston Villa, fuelling speculation that a move back to Selhurst Park may be on the cards but according to journalist Alan Nixon, the story is a complete non-starter.
The winger enjoyed a hugely successful four year spell at Selhurst Park between 2012 and 2016 following stints with Plymouth Argyle and Bristol City but has struggled hugely to impose himself at Goodison Park since his £25 million move, thanks in no small part to an anterior cruciate ligament injury which kept him on the sidelines for just over a year.
Ahead of the 2018-19 season, it became clear that Toffees boss Marco Silva didn’t see the DR Congo’s immediate future on Merseyside, prompting him to sanction a loan move to Villa; a switch which looked to have real potential, only for Bolasie to once again struggle to embed himself within the promotion chasers starting XI.
It’s difficult to know whether or not Bolasie’s drop in form since leaving Palace is down to his injury, a loss of confidence, a drop in motivation or a mixture of all three but after seeing him cut short his stay in the Midlands, it sounds as though Alan Nixon is pretty sure Palace aren’t interested in a reunion before the deadline passes.
Having become accustomed to plying his trade in the top flight, I’d wager that Yala feels he’s more than good enough to play there again between now and May but with Villa seemingly happy to wave him goodbye and Everton looking unlikely to bring him back into the first-team fold, he could be in for a difficult few months.
Given the lack of depth Palace have in wide areas below Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha, it felt like a story which may have had legs but I doubt Nixon would have given a definitive “no” if he wasn’t 99.9% of our intentions.