Crystal Palace supporters have been in high spirits in recent times after seeing their side return to winning ways in the Premier League over the weekend.
Roy Hodgson’s men went into their meeting with relegation-threatened Fulham off the back of drawing 1-1 with Southampton in their previous league clash, which did at least halt the run of successive league defeats ahead of their encounter with Claudio Ranieri’s Cottagers. And the Eagles picked up their second league victory of 2019 as goals from Luka Milivojevic and Jeffrey Schlupp sealed a routine 2-0 success for the hosts at Selhurst Park, in turn moving them up to 14th place in the Premier League table.
Subsequently, there have been many thrilled Palace fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom were likely keeping close tabs on the situation surrounding Yannick Bolasie’s future at Everton late on in the January window, what with the winger linked with a return to Selhurst Park (as per Football Insider).
In the end though, the DR Congo international made the move to Anderlecht on loan until the end of the season in a bid for the game time he was unlikely to get under Marco Silva at Goodison Park, with it becoming clearer by the day that Palace were the only beneificaries from Everton’s big money move for the winger back in 2016.
Ultimately, Bolasie earned himself a £26.01 million (as per Transfermarkt) move to Everton as a result of impressing greatly during his four-year stint at Palace, what with the winger in that time netting 13 goals and laying on 30 assists in 144 appearances for the Eagles.
And with plenty of performances in which Bolasie terrorised opposition defences with his pace and directness, he looked to be an ideal fit at Everton under manager-at-the-time Ronald Koeman, with his one goal and four assists in his first 13 Premier League games for the Toffees suggesting that they had pulled off a masterstroke.
However, a serious ligament injury sustained against Manchester United back in December 2016 has certainly set the winger back, with the 29-year-old spending over a year out due to the injury, and then returning some way short of his best form in bagging only once in 16 league appearances for the Toffees in the second half of last season.
And Silva’s arrival further put pay to Bolasie’s hopes of rediscovering his best form at Everton, what with the Portuguese chief sanctioning his departure to Aston Villa on loan, for whom the DR Congo star scored twice and laid on five assists before cutting short that temporary stint last month.
Clearly then, things just haven’t worked out at all for Bolasie since that injury against United in December 2016 – his first few months at Everton were promising, but he simply hasn’t been able to rediscover that form in the last 12 months.
And with Palace making a hefty £25.44 million profit on the winger, having signed him for just £567,000 (as per Transfermarkt) and then selling him for £26.01 million, it’s pretty clear that they have done well out of his move to Goodison Park – after all, in Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend, it’s not as if they have suffered greatly from his exit.
Whereas it’s a move that hasn’t paid off at all for Everton, with it becoming clearer by the day that Palace were the only victors from a Toffees decision which is undoubtedly backfiring.
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