The summer of 2012 was a monumental one for Crystal Palace from a business perspective.
Dougie Freedman oversaw the arrivals of a number of players who would help form the spine of an Eagles side that went on to achieve promotion to the Premier League under Ian Holloway in the 2012/13 campaign.
Damien Delaney, Joel Ward, Andre Moritz, Peter Ramage and Yannick Bolasie joined the likes of Glenn Murray, Julian Speroni and Mile Jedinak in SE25, although only one of these figures eventually became a multi-million pound footballer.
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Bolasie, who was signed from Bristol City for just £350k, went on to strike up a fantastic partnership with Wilfried Zaha, terrorising Championship full-backs up and down the country to help the south Londoners into the Premier League – both wingers were named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year that season.
While Zaha departed for Manchester United, Bolasie stayed and began to make inroads in England’s top-flight.
The DR Congo international scored 14 Premier League goals for the Eagles, including a hat-trick against Sunderland which made him the first and only Crystal Palace player in history to bag a treble in the division.
In total, the ex-Plymouth Argyle forward made 144 appearances for the club, meaning that he cost Steve Parish just £2.4k per game in a move which turned out to be unbelievable value for money.
Bolasie was eventually sold to Everton for £25m, which netted the Eagles an eye-catching £24.65m in profit after the eccentric winger had contributed four years of excellent service.
His flamboyant tricks on the flanks – including that famous skill against Tottenham which made it’s way onto EA Sports’ FIFA franchise – will live long in the memory of the Selhurst Park faithful.
The Lyon-born attacker captured the hearts and minds of many in SE25 – he was a fantastic signing in a footballing sense as well as from a financial viewpoint.
In other news, Steve Parish and Dougie Freedman now look very smart after a journalist’s transfer update…