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Leeds United should avoid signing Yannick Bolasie

Leeds United should avoid signing Yannick Bolasie

Regardless of whether they are playing in the Premier League or they remain in the Championship next season, Leeds United are going to have to make some additions to their squad in order to strengthen and improve.

There is no doubt that Marcelo Bielsa has done a remarkable job at Elland Road with the players available to him, however, should they lack some vital experience which could end up costing them in the next campaign.

At the moment, when taking a look at the Leeds squad, there are not many men that can say that they have played at the top level either during their club or national careers. However, that should not mean the Whites go out in the summer and panic-buy players that could provide them with plenty.

A transfer rumour recently circulated when TEAMtalk revealed that Leeds were interested in signing Yannick Bolasie. This would have to be seen as a potential deal that would raise all the alarm bells possible and one that really should be considered against.

Yes, the 29-year-old has bundles of experience to offer Bielsa’s side, however, would he really fit into the Argentine’s squad? Would he truly make a difference to the team already at Elland Road?


It would be extremely unlikely if his short time at Aston Villa in the first part of the campaign is anything to go by. The Everton winger, who is out on loan with Anderlecht and thriving at the moment, failed to make an impact with the Villans and actually looked out of his depth at times with the performances he produced.

Bolasie, who is currently valued at £12.6 million (by Transfermarkt), was excellent at Crystal Palace and during the early stages of his Everton career, there is no denying that, however, since his lengthy spell on the sidelines with his devastating injury, he has simply failed to recapture any of that form.

He was once able to terrorise defenders with his pace, but his end product has since disappeared and whether he can make a difference in the Premier League still is something that will undoubtedly raise questions once again.

Also, his work-rate can leave plenty to be desired at times and can infuriate those watching with his lack of tracking back when his team is defending – something that you can guarantee Bielsa would not allow to happen under his management.

Leeds are better off avoiding a deal for Bolasie in the summer and should look to focus their attention on other transfer targets that are likely to become available over the summer instead.

Leeds fans haven’t been too keen on Jack Harrison at times but even he’s been more impressive than the Congo international in the current campaign, as he’s posed more of a threat and actually gets back to defend, as well as chipping in with a number of goals and assists.

Leeds fans, what do you think about Bolasie and the rumours linking him with a move to Elland Road in the summer? Do you think it is a deal the Whites should avoid? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.

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