This article is part of Football FanCast’s Loan Watch series, which takes a closer look at those players who are aiming to galvanise their careers away from the spotlight of their parent club.
Yannick Bolasie has spent the last two years trying to show Everton what they are missing, after experiencing three loan spells away from the club. Before the winger ended up at Sporting Lisbon this season, Bolasie went to Aston Villa and then to Belgium where he particularly impressed, scoring six goals in 17 league games for Anderlecht.
What this move has done this season is potentially earn the former Crystal Palace man a new club, with the Portuguese giants holding an option to buy at the end of his temporary spell.
Bolasie joined Everton off the back of an impressive spell with the Eagles, but after scoring just twice throughout his career on Merseyside, it seems he has been pretty bad business for £25m, despite racking up nine goals and nine assists in two seasons with the London club before arriving.
With the addition of Richarlison, Theo Walcott and Bernard in recent years, the DR Congo international has found opportunities limited. Tie this in with his poor form and it does look likely that a permanent move to Lisbon is on the cards, should he excel.
So far, Bolasie has provided one assist for Sporting, which came on his Europa League debut when he registered a 7.18 performance rating on WhoScored. In the Primeira Liga, the 30-year-old has played just three times, and has yet to fully make an impact on the Green and Whites’ league campaign, as they sit in fifth.
Bolasie has, however, proved to be a handful in Primeira Liga, registering 3.3 shots per game and accumulating a performance rating of 6.86. The former Palace star has also been fouled on average 2.3 times per league fixture and has even pitched in with winning 3.7 aerial duels per game with his 6ft frame, per WhoScored).
Whether he has a future at Goodison Park remains to be seen, but the stats from his early season performances suggest he is setting the tone for a fruitful season on loan.