When Yannick Bolasie came to the Premier League in the 2013/14 season with Crystal Palace he showed himself to be a real box of tricks. The winger was part of the reason why the Eagles managed to survive the first few years in the top flight, but then when he moved to Everton in summer 2016 it all started to fall apart for the electric DR Congo international.
— Everton (@Everton) August 15, 2016
Ronald Koeman had been appointed at Everton a couple of months prior to the club signing Bolaise and the Dutchman was obviously keen to make an impression, although spending £25 million on Yannick Bolasie is now looking like a huge blunder, at the time it was viewed as a good piece of business signing one of the best players outside of the top six to try and bolster the side and qualify for Europe.
Qualifying for Europe was always going to be the Toffees aim in that 2016/17 season and whilst they managed it, they had to do it without Bolasie. The winger was hit with one of the worst injuries in football as he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament just halfway through his first season at the club in December 2016 after making just 13 appearances for Koeman’s Everton, although he did score one goal and assist four more in his 13 games.
Since then it’s looked like the winger would never get back to his best. One full year and 22 days after suffering his horrific injury against Manchester United, Bolasie returned to The Toffees line up to start against West Brom where he played just over an hour in a 0-0 draw. However, by this point, Ronald Koeman had been sacked and there was no one to vouch for Bolasie as he failed to suit Sam Allardyce’s system. Now with Marco Silva in charge, Bolasie has again been dumped in favour of others and his Goodison Park career looks over as he’s on loan to Aston Villa.
You can read what The Toffees’ verdict on Bolasie was back when he signed in August 2016 here:
— adam trout (@TroutPls) August 15, 2016
good to see him on Everton jersey
— edmond (@malaeto) August 16, 2016
YESSSSSSSSSS BOLASIEEEEE GET IN MATEEEEE
— Tosun (@FifaFanatic2000) August 15, 2016
oooooooh YANNICK BOLASIE XOYB
— John Hill (@ccf3302fad7d4e9) August 15, 2016
Exciting times to be an Evertonian!
— Eden Shields (@edenshields) August 15, 2016
— Mark Luxford (@markylux) August 15, 2016
great business for Everton
— Daniel Centenario (@fry_costa) August 15, 2016
The Toffees got this one very wrong. Bolasie has failed to have any impact at Goodison Park and whilst that might be partly down to injury, it looks like his Everton career is over.