Yannick Bolasie joined Aston Villa in the summer on a season-long loan from Everton where he became deemed as surplus to requirements by Marco Silva.
Bolasie had spent most of his career at Crystal Palace, where he joined from Bristol City in 2012 and spent four seasons at Selhurst Park before moving to Goodison Park.
However, Bolasie, unfortunately, ruptured his cruciate ligament before the new year in 2016 so he was placed out of action for a significant amount of time. He returned to Everton’s first-team just over a year later to be able to play under Sam Allardyce and gradually return to match fitness until the end of the season.
After just one goal in 16 games since returning from his injury for Everton, Silva shipped him out on loan to Villa where it is hoped he can rejuvenate his career.
The DR Congo international may have made six appearances in the Championship for Villa under Steve Bruce, but they were all off the bench and added up to just 104 minutes, with the two goals he scored in that time suggesting he deserved more.
Smith didn’t start Bolasie in his first game against Swansea on Saturday, opting for Albert Adomah and Ahmed Elmohamady on the wings instead and didn’t impress when he did come on in the 64th minute. Although it is very early days into Smith’s reign, Bolasie will be aware he isn’t a clear-cut starting option.
Bolasie will be hoping the substitute role doesn’t continue and he gets to make a start for Villa in the Championship to show both Smith and the fans what he is truly capable of. If he is neglected under Smith and not started on a regular basis, it is surely more than likely Everton will recall him and help Bolasie find a new club where he can improve and enjoy his football more.
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