The Crystal Palace fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their club will add quality to their attacking options this summer in order to ease the burden on Wilfried Zaha’s shoulders.
Roy Hodgson led Palace to survival last season by organising his back-four and allowing his attacking players the freedom to express themselves in the final-third, but his side’s reliance on Zaha was slightly concerning. The Eagles failed to collect a single point from the 9 fixtures which Zaha missed through injury, so clearly the club need to add depth to their attacking options to ensure they avoid another relegation scrap next season.
With that in mind, Hodgson should consider submitting a bid to re-sign a former Palace player, namely Yannick Bolasie of Everton. According to a report from the Daily Mirror, Everton are ready to offload Bolasie this summer as part of a huge clear out.
The Congolese winger spent the majority of last season on the sideline with a cruciate ligament injury, and he failed to replicate his best form following his return to the first-team at the beginning of 2018. After such a lengthy period of time on the sideline, it was no surprise that Bolasie struggled to rediscover his best form, but that should not deter Palace from making a bid for his services.
At his pinnacle Bolasie (valued at £16.2 million by Transfermarkt) was a menace for Premier League defenders with his blistering pace and twinkle-toed dribbling, especially at Palace where he linked up with Zaha to devastating effect at times. Considering Palace are in desperate need of new talent in forward positions, Hodgson should capitalise on Bolasie’s availability and do everything in his power to bring him back to Selhurst Park this summer.
With a full pre-season under his belt, Bolasie should be able to return to full form next season, so providing reports regarding Everton’s willingness to sell prove to be true, Palace have every reason to submit a bid for his services in the coming weeks.
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