According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Crystal Palace are interested in re-signing winger Yannick Bolasie. The DR Congo international left Selhurst Park for fellow Premier League outfit Everton back in the summer of 2016 and made a decent start to life on Merseyside, only for a horrific knee ligament injury in December 2016 to rule him out of action for the best part of a year.
And with new Toffees boss Marco Silva having landed Richarlison earlier this summer, the 29-year-old’s future looks uncertain heading into the final few hours of the window, which must prompt Palace manager Roy Hodgson to do all he can to lure the £16.2 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) back to the capital.
Ultimately, 29-year-old Bolasie only returned from that aforementioned injury back in December of last year, but the winger simply wasn’t able to produce the goods in the second half of last season for Everton, netting just once in 16 Premier League appearances for Sam Allardyce’s side.
And with Theo Walcott signed from Arsenal back in January, and Richarlison making the move from Watford earlier in the summer, it’s difficult to see how the 29-year-old commands regular football under Silva, especially given he did little to really stake a claim in the latter half of the 2017/18 campaign.
And with Palace reportedly keen on luring him back to Selhurst Park, Hodgson must do all he can to turn that into a reality before 5pm this evening.
Ultimately, it was with the Eagles that Bolasie made a name for himself by netting 13 goals and laying on 30 assists in 144 appearances for the London club, six goals and six assists of which coming in the 2015/16 campaign to thus earn him a move to the blue half of Merseyside.
And while they are hardly ground-breaking figures, the season before saw the 29-year-old lay on 11 assists to help the Eagles finish tenth in the Premier League – he clearly has what it takes to cause no end of problems for top-flight defences.
And it’s his electrifying burst of pace and desire to take defenders on which makes Bolasie a very difficult winger to defend against – add in the fact that he can produce a moment of brilliance out of very little, and he is exactly the sort of player one would want in one’s squad.
Palace deserve great credit for finishing 11th in the Premier League last season, especially given they gave the rest of the division an eight-game headstart, and given they look set to retain Wilfried Zaha beyond the 5pm deadline, they should be looking up rather than down the division.
And bringing Bolasie back to Selhurst Park would go some way to aiding in that quest, which is why Hodgson must do all he can in the last knockings of the window to lure the 29-year-old back to the capital.
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