According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Yannick Bolasie’s future is far from certain heading into the latter stages of the January transfer window. The 29-year-old winger currently plays his football at Premier League side Everton and has done so since leaving Crystal Palace back in the summer of 2016, but struggles for regular game time under new Toffees manager Marco Silva has called his future at Goodison Park into question.
And having seen his loan stint at Championship outfit Aston Villa cut short earlier this month, a recent report from The Daily Mirror suggests that Bolasie is eyeing up another move in a bid for the regular football he isn’t likely to get at Everton, which should be of interest to Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl as he seeks further attacking reinforcements.
And from Bolasie’s point of view, he only need look at Nathan Redmond’s remarkable resurgence under Hasenhuttl to know that St Mary’s does appear to be the place to be.
Ultimately, England international Redmond had somewhat flattered to deceive for much of his Southampton career prior to Hasenhuttl’s appointment back in December, with the winger netting seven times in his first season at the club in 2016/17, but otherwise struggling to regularly make a meaningful impact in the Saints first team.
Even this term prior to Hasenhuttl’s arrival, the 24-year-old had failed to score or indeed lay on an assist in the Premier League for the Saints, only for the Austrian to get the very best out of him since then with five goals and two assists in all competitions for Southampton, two goals and both assists of which coming in the league.
And with Redmond beginning to look like the player Saints fans likely thought they signed from Norwich City back in 2016, it’s testament to Hasenhuttl’s management that he has been able to get the best out of the attacker – a change in position as well as boosting confidence appear to be the main reasons for such resurgence.
Thus, there are clearly places for supremely talented attackers in the Austrian’s team on the South Coast, and given just how dynamic Bolasie can be at his best, a move to St Mary’s could be in the best interests of all parties involved.
Ultimately, the 29-year-old has found things tricky ever since coming back from a year out with injury back in December 2017, with the winger netting only once in the second half of last season for Everton, before being shipped out on loan and enduring a testing time at Villa in the first half of this campaign.
However, the DR Congo international has regularly underlined his quality in the Premier League over the years to suggest that he has what it takes to still deliver in the top tier, be it his 13 goals and 30 assists for Crystal Palace between 2012 and 2016, or indeed his goal and four assists in 13 games for Everton prior to injury.
And if the 29-year-old can rediscover that form, with Hasenhuttl perhaps able to get the best out of him having done so brilliantly with Redmond, the Saints could have a very big asset in their ranks – and for Bolasie himself, it could be the start of his career resurrection.
As such, with the winger linked with a move away from Everton this month (as per The Daily Mirror), Southampton should be seriously tempted into a move – and given what Hasenhuttl has done for Redmond, Bolasie only need look at the 24-year-old to know that the South Coast appears to be the place to be.
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