This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player or manager has fared since being signed or let go, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
The 2016 Summer transfer window was a mixed one for Everton.
The Toffees made some fantastic signings, with the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has 13 Premier League goals this season, and Idrissa Gueye, who performed so well at Goodison Park that PSG were convinced to sign him last summer, joining. Together, those two cost the side less than £10m.
However, not all transfers that year will be fondly remembered by the club’s supporters – the signing of Yannick Bolasie, for example, is one that just hasn’t worked out. The Toffees spent a rather big £25m on the DR Congo international, and at the time you could certainly understand why they were so eager to sign him. After all, in 144 appearances for Crystal Palace, he scored 13 goals and provided 30 assists, whilst he regularly averaged over 2.5 dribbles per match for the Eagles.
His career on Merseyside actually started rather well, with him racking up four assists and one goal in his first 13 Premier League appearances. On December 4th 2016, though, disaster struck against Manchester United, as he ruptured his cruciate ligament.
Does Bolasie have a future at Everton?
That was already the beginning of the end of his involvement as a major part of the squad at Everton. He has made just 19 more appearances since then and, whilst he shown signs of the player the Toffees signed during his numerous loan spells – at Anderlecht, for example, he scored six and provided three assists in 17 matches – he has been unable to force his way back into the Everton side.
Now, he is valued at just £4.32m by Transfermarkt – a drop of £20.68m since he signed. Injuries, in this case, may well have deprived the Toffees of a potential star.
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