Everton boss Marco Silva has warned (as per the Liverpool Echo) his inconsistent wingers that he would not be afraid to bring in more attacking firepower after a mixed start to his first campaign at the club.
Richarlison and Bernard are mainstays in The Toffees’ line-up, but any replacements are up for grabs, and the club do not seem to have a striker at all. The likes of Ademola Lookman and Theo Walcott are contenders as wingers, particularly when Richarlison plays as a striker, but some would argue that there is a gulf in class between the Brazilian wingers and the rest at Goodison Park.
So when Yannick Bolasie returned from his loan spell at Aston Villa this week, fans’ ears must have pricked up. This is a player that was once a very promising prospect for the club, but injuries curtailed his progress in blue. He was loaned to Villa in the summer to help him find fitness and form after only 11 league starts last season and 12 the season before.
What may disappoint some Everton fans upon his return is that it was not a particularly successful loan spell at Villa. He was ok, but nothing flashy. He managed two goals and four assists in 21 Championship appearance, which is perhaps not the return he would have liked, or what Everton would have wanted to see.
In truth, he has done nothing to prove that he is worthy of a place at Everton this season, but he has been thrown a lifeline. The Congo international has attracted interest (as per Football Insider) from Crystal Palace, the club where he made his name.
The prospect of playing in another Premier League club is what the 29-year-old needs if he is going to revive his Everton career. He is not up to scratch at the moment, but he will be desperate to replicate some of the form he has shown over the last decade, and he can only truly prove that if he is playing in the Premier League.
The Palace fans will appreciate him at Selhurst Park, and it could be the place where he rediscovers his attacking flair that made him so famous. These are tough times for Bolasie, but the door is surely not shut on his Everton career.
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