I’m a huge fan of Yannick Bolasie as a person. He’s great for a quote, he’s a great social media follow, always smiling, always positive, I enjoy rooting for him.
On the field? On the soccer pitch Yala is one of the ultimate guilty pleasures in sports. He’s not efficient, he puts an unnecessary amount of flair to his game, has a lot of dribbles that start too deep and go nowhere, but I tell you what, for me it’s captivating viewing. You never know what he’s going to do, what he’s going to try, what latest half baked idea is going to pop into his head or our enjoyment. I love it.
Realistically, I think Bolasie is at best a valuable bench option for a team of Everton’s desired stature in Premier League. That’s not a bad thing at all, even assuming Ade Lookman takes a minute to breath and stop trying to fly to RB Leipzig, we need more than Ade and Theo Walcott as wingers. I don’t want to see Nikola Vlasic slung out there, I don’t want anymore Gylfi forced into a left wing, I want a true winger backing up our starters.
Losing a guy like Yala who fits that role wouldn’t be a problem if Everton had given us any reason at all to be confident that they could actually sign needed players this summer. Unfortunately, after our spending outburst last summer and winter, the spending seems to have slowed to a trickle that doesn’t even, to date, match normal pre-Moshiri expenditure. Bolasie leaving puts us in a position where having a winger as reliable as him seems unlikely.
According to Turkish source Fanatik, coach Marco Silva has approved the loan move of the 29 year old Bolasie. Generally speaking, when 29 year olds go on loan they’re done at their home club, which is a shame. I’ll miss watching Yala play (because I am quite unlikely to be found watching too much Super Lig) and I think Everton will miss his presence in the side. It looks like it’s just a matter of time for this move.