According to a recent report from The Daily Star, Aston Villa are interested in a move for winger Yannick Bolasie. The 29-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League outfit Everton and has done so since the summer of 2016, although the arrival of Richarlison looks set to push the winger down the pecking order at Goodison Park, and potentially out of the club altogether.
And Steve Bruce’s Villa are one side reportedly keen on the £16.2 million-rated wing wizard (as per Transfermarkt), a deal which, if they can get done before the August 31 deadline, could prove to be something of a transfer masterstroke.
Ultimately, things haven’t quite worked out for the DR Congo international since his move to Goodison Park from Crystal Palace two years ago, as although he started well in the first few months, he suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in the December, which kept him out for a year.
And while he returned to first team action in December last year, he wasn’t then able to produce his best form, netting just once in 16 Premier League appearances for the Toffees, seemingly prompting new manager Marco Silva to spend £50 million on Richarlison.
And his exclusion from the matchday squad on Saturday in their 2-2 draw at Wolves has stimulated further speculation about his future – speculation Bruce is seeking to exploit.
And that’s because the 29-year-old would without doubt be a huge asset to any side in the Championship, as one mustn’t forget that he earned a move to Everton just two years ago after producing the goods at Palace.
In his four years at Selhurst Park, the winger scored 13 goals and laid on 30 assists for the Eagles to underline his quality in the final third of the pitch – if he is able to do that in the Premier League, it’s frightening to think what he could do in the Championship.
Yes, last season was something of a disappointment and perhaps suggests that he’s not quite at his best level, but with pace to burn and the desire to run at and take on defenders, Bolasie could wreak havoc in the second tier – he is that good when he’s on-song. And playing regularly could be what’s needed for him to get back to his best, which doesn’t look like happening at Everton.
Thus, the potential goals and assists, and indeed the excitement, he could bring Villa and their supporters were he to move to Villa Park is exactly why luring him to the Midlands could turn out to be a transfer masterstroke by Bruce and the club’s hierarchy.
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