Crystal Palace’s tricky winger Yannick Bolasie has been in fine form for the Eagles yet again this season. His league performances so far this term have been exceptional. Should the Premier League big boys be eyeing up a move for Bolasie in the January transfer window?
After signing for Palace from Bristol City in August 2012, the 25-year-old has developed into one of the Premier League’s best wingers. Bolasie really caught the eye in his first season at Selhurst Park, which culminated in the Eagles gaining promotion to the top-tier via the play-offs. The winger made a total of 48 league and cup appearances for the south Londoners in his first season with the club.
Since Crystal Palace’s time back in the top-flight, the Eagles’ number seven has upped his game to an even higher standard. Despite failing to score last term, Bolasie played in 29 of Palace’s Premier League games in what turned out to be a very successful campaign that saw the London club finish the season in 11th place under the management of Tony Pulis.
After Pulis shockingly parted company with the Eagles in the summer, Neil Warnock took over a few games into the campaign. But that hasn’t hindered Bolasie’s fine form. He has started in all but one league game under Warnock – and scored what turned out to be the winner in the 3-2 victory over Everton at Goodison Park in September.
Bolasie has shown all season long just how important he is to Crystal Palace. His performance at White Hart Lane last Saturday proved that. He was superb throughout – showed some audacious bits of skill, and the Eagles would have felt hard done by leaving North London with just a point to show for their efforts.
Bolasie has very quickly turned himself into one of the Premier League’s most exciting wingers. He has incredibly fast feet, he’s extremely skilful and has recently added an end product to his game too. The 25-year-old has flourished in Crystal Palace’s first-team over the last few seasons, and would undoubtedly be an asset to any big club. Despite being eligible to play for France or England, Bolasie eventually chose to represent DR Congo – and went onto feature in their 2014 World Cup Qualifying campaign.
Bolasie’s fine performances would have no doubt put the Premier League top clubs on red alert – although Neil Warnock has recently gone on record to say that he wont be leaving Selhurst Park anytime soon. When asked in a recent interview with talkSPORT, the Palace boss said: “Oh no, he wont be going anywhere in January, no chance. He’s a great lad anyhow. The top clubs won’t know what he can or can’t do, how can they come in for him. I think he’s made to measure at Palace if I’m honest.”
If I was Neil Warnock I would be doing everything in my power to try and persuade the Palace board to not sell their star man if indeed a substantial offer is made in January. After all, someone with the ability of Bolasie’s could end up being the difference between relegation and survival come the end of the season.