Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the summer transfer window, and thus what business their side may seek to conduct in a bid to better their underwhelming 2017/18 campaign.
The Toffees finished eighth in the Premier League this term with 49 points from their 38 matches, 12 points fewer than they achieved in finishing seventh under Ronald Koeman last time round. This was all after spending well over £100 million on players last summer as they sought to close the gap on the top six clubs, but instead the Merseysiders look to have fallen even further behind after an ultimately disappointing campaign.
But with Sam Allardyce relieved of his duties last week, there is much optimism among our resident Evertonians ahead of the new season, one which could see Wilfried Zaha line up for the club if recent reports are anything to go by.
And were the Toffees to indeed land the £22.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), it would be seriously bad news for Zaha’s former teammate Yannick Bolasie, who simply hasn’t shown much form since returning from injury back in December.
Ultimately, the 28-year-old made an impressive start to life at Goodison Park back in 2016 following his move from Crystal Palace, with the winger netting once and laying on four assists in 13 games for the Toffees prior to suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury back in December 2016.
And it took the DR Congo international over 12 months to return to the starting line-up, starting their 0-0 draw with West Brom on Boxing Day last year, and while returning from injury must be acknowledged, his form has regardless simply not been up to scratch.
Bolasie scored just once in 16 Premier League appearances in the second half of the campaign and failed to lay on an assist in that time, with the forward unable to combine his immense talent with direct contributions.
But that is exactly what Zaha has done so effectively at Palace in the last few seasons, and with Theo Walcott making a solid start to life at Goodison Park following his January move, it’s Bolasie’s position in the team which would be under-threat were Zaha to join this summer.
And with Zaha proving to be one of the best players outside of the Premier League’s top six in the last couple of seasons, he would certainly get into the side ahead of Bolasie on current form, leaving the 28-year-old with the prospect of sitting on the substitute’s bench for much of next season.
Yes, the competition can only be a good thing for all the wingers at the club, but with Bolasie still working his back from injury, he’ll need minutes on the field to re-discover his best form – Zaha’s arrival would jeopardise that.
As such, landing the Palace ace this summer could spell seriously bad news for the Everton winger.
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