It’s been two and a half years since Yannick Bolasie last pulled on a Crystal Palace shirt but after cutting short his loan deal with Aston Villa, it seems the DR Congo International is extremely keen to return to Selhurst Park before the transfer deadline.
Now 29, the wide-man is struggling for both form and regular football having fallen massively down the pecking order under the guidance of Marco Silva at Goodison Park, provoking talk a return to the club where he made the most sizeable impact on football’s collective consciousness. After spells with the likes of Plymouth and Bristol City, Yannick hit his stride in SE25, forming a formidable partnership with Wilfried Zaha on the opposite flank which earned him a £25 million move to Merseyside.
Yannick Bolasie would love to return to Palace but deal would need to be on right terms for CPFC, who brought back Sako last week. Everton want his full salary paid ideally
— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) January 28, 2019
Sadly, a cruciate injury sustained shortly after he made the switch to the Toffees kept him out for almost a year, setting back any progress he could and perhaps would have made in their colours, all of which brings us to the current point.
After failing to hit the heights he would have hoped for on loan at Aston Villa, Bolasie exercised his right to return to Everton in the hope of sealing a short-term move back to Palace but with Bakary Sako once again on the Eagles’ books and Yala’s current employers keen to ensure that any deal for him sees his full weekly wage covered by the club in question, it looks as though we are some way off anything being worked out just yet.
For what it’s worth, I don’t particularly want to see Bolasie return to Selhurst Park this season. There was a time when it felt like he was going to part of the furniture forever but when you factor in his desire to leave in 2016, the subsequent long-term injury and loss of pace, his failed stint at Aston Villa and Everton’s desperation to offload him, it hardly paints a pretty picture.
Palace fans do and always will have fantastic memories of Yannick Bolasie but personally, I feel as though they now belong firmly in the past. The club may well see it differently but time is now ticking rather rapidly on that front.