According to Sky Sports reports and Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis, Aston Villa are set to seal the loan signing of Everton winger Yannick Bolasie. Boro were in talks to sign the winger on a temporary basis, but it seems he is now heading to the Midlands instead. Bolasie was pitched in the stands at Villa Park for the Villans 2-2 Championship draw with Brentford on Wednesday night.
Move to Everton has been a disaster
Yannick Bolasie comes across as a genuinely nice guy. Unfortunately, for the French-born star, his move to Everton has been a major disaster. Bolasie joined the Toffees back in the summer of 2016 for a fee in the region of £25million.
The move was a massive gamble for Everton at the time, who had not yet started to spend big summers of money on players. There were always doubts among Evertonian’s about whether the winger would ever live up to his price tag.
Just as he was starting to find form in a royal blue shirt, in December 2016 he sustained a cruciate knee ligament injury in a 1-1 draw against Manchester United. The injury has virtually decimated the winger’s Everton career.
Bolasie returned to the Everton first-team on Boxing Day of last year. However, since his return to fitness, he has struggled to recapture his best form for the Toffees.
A mercurial player
The word mercurial was made for Yannick Bolasie. The 29-year-old is a tricky winger and produces outrageous bits of skills. Nobody seems to know what he is going to do with the ball, least himself at times.
His unpredictability and pace make him a hard player for opponents to make and get a handle on. However, since his return from injury, the former Crystal Palace winger seems to have lost some of his zip and his pace.
At times, he looked lost when on the field for Everton and struggled to have an impact on the games he did play for the Toffees last season. Maybe the lack of first-team football had made him rusty and that is why he struggled to get up to speed.
Hopefully, his proposed move to Villa will see the winger play regular first-team football in the Championship. Maybe then, he can start getting back to his best and entertain fans with his skills and unpredictability. Bolasie needs something to kick-start his career after that devastating injury. He would have struggled for first-team football at Everton, as the Toffees now have wide options in the likes of Richarlison, Theo Walcott and Bernard.
Can help Villa back to the Premier League
Aston Villa are one of the favourites to win promotion to the Premier League from the Championship at odds of 3/1. Signing Bolasie will certainly do their promotion chances no harm that is for sure.
If the winger can help the Villans to achieve promotion back to the top-flight, then I am sure a permanent move could not be ruled out. On his day, he can be unstoppable. Unfortunately, for the player and his recent clubs, those days have been few and far between in recent seasons.
The winger must now start afresh in the Midlands. Everton’s gamble to add some pace to their attack by signing Bolasie for big money failed spectacularly. However, the player did not choose to cost such a big fee and the injury has played a big part in his perceived failed spell on Merseyside.
I believe most Evertonian’s will wish him the best of luck at Villa and hope he wins himself a permanent move, so the Toffees can claim back some of his fee.
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