This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Crystal Palace were just a mid table Championship side who had recently narrowly survived administration in 2010, and so when the 2012/13 campaign was starting, the club couldn’t spend a lot of money. They managed to acquire Yannick Bolasie’s services from Bristol City for £567,000, per Transfermarkt, and no one could have imagined how much of a bargain that price would prove to be.
In his debut season with the side, the winger might have only scored three goals and provided seven assists, per Transfermarkt, but it was his skill combined with Wilfried Zaha’s trickery on the other wing, and Glenn Murray’s eye for goal which made the Eagles a feared side for all opponents that came up against them, and these three were crucial to the club gaining promotion via the playoffs in May 2013, via BBC Sport.
Is Bolasie a profit player?
His reputation started to grow from there and he was seen as one of the best dribblers in the league, back in 2014, he completed the fifth most dribbles in the division, via sportskeeda, and it was statistics like this which saw other clubs start to notice the quality he had. During his time in South London, pundit Jason Roberts was speaking about the winger and said to BBC Sport, “Bolasie has been one of the most exciting players in the Premier League last year and this year”.
One of these sides to notice his impressive displays were fellow Premier League outfit Everton, who managed to sign the DR Congo winger for £26.01 million in the summer of 2016, per Transfermarkt.
It was a sad day for all Palace fans as a fan favourite left. However, they managed to replace him with England international Andros Townsend, via Transfermarkt, as they signed him for £14.04 million and he has already scored two more goals than Bolasie in four less appearances.
This highlights that the club managed to get a very similar player and also make a profit as they still had around £10 million from Bolasie’s transfer.
With the club just spending £567,00 on the player, you can’t help but feel the fee paid for him was a steal as he helped them both on the pitch by being part of a promotion side and off it too by bringing in a more than healthy profit.
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