According to a recent report from the BBC, Yannick Bolasie is closing in on a move to Championship side Aston Villa. The 29-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League side Everton and has done so since 2016, although the arrival of Richarlison over the summer appears to have pushed the winger down the pecking order at Goodison Park, and potentially out of the club altogether.
And reports suggest that Aston Villa are on the verge of landing the Toffees star, who is without doubt the calibre of player Sheffield Wednesday so desperately need to land this month.
Ultimately, while Bolasie struggled for form for the Toffees in the Premier League last season, the 29-year-old has proven enough during his career at the top tier to suggest that he could be a huge asset to any side in the Championship this term.
And Villa appear to have won the race for the DR Congo international as they seek to go one better and achieve promotion this time round, this all after a summer of turbulence in which the club were on the brink of financial disaster.
And Owls fans can likely sympathise somewhat given their side were placed under a transfer embargo for much of the summer, leaving manager Jos Luhukay having to make-do with what he already had at Hillsborough ahead of the start of the season.
But with that embargo now lifted, the Yorkshire giants have the chance to sign players on loan, and there’s little doubting after their slow start to the season that Bolasie is the calibre of player they so desperately need to bring in this month.
The 29-year-old earned a move to Everton back in the summer of 2016 as a result of impressing at Crystal Palace, netting 13 goals and laying on 30 assists in 144 appearances for the Eagles, but it was the attacking threat he brought to the table every week which had opposition defenders quaking in their boots.
The winger is extremely quick and possesses the sort of trickery that can tie defenders in knots – significantly though, he has the desire to take defenders on and run at them, which appears to be something that has become less prevalent in the modern game.
Ultimately, defenders don’t like defending against someone running at them with pace, and that is exactly what Bolasie would bring to Villa if and when he officially makes the move to the Midlands giants.
In fact, any side in the division would benefit from someone like the 29-year-old in the attacking third of the pitch, not least a Wednesday team that have won just one of their opening four league games, and were unable to strengthen the squad until only recently.
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