Is Bolasie good enough to join Newcastle?

Newcastle United are among the clubs interested in taking Yannick Bolasie on loan from Everton, according to TEAMtalk.

Bolasie recently returned to the Toffees after a loan spell with Aston Villa – something TEAMtalk report his parent club wasn’t happy about; but how do the numbers stack up for the DR Congo international?

How did he fare at Villa Park?

Bolasie, per the aforementioned report, invoked a clause in his contract at Villa allowing him to return to Goodison Park earlier this month.

According to Transfermarkt, the 29-year-old made 21 appearances in the Championship, scoring two goals and laying on five assists.

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The wide man struggled in the second-tier, however, completing 90 minutes just twice.

Per WhoScored, Bolasie’s statistics are far from brilliant, particularly when it is considered that he has been playing in England’s second-tier.

In each appearance, Bolasie made an average of 11.5 passes, with only one of those being a key one. In 12 games, he may have provided four assists, but he scored just twice.

Despite those numbers, TEAMtalk say that Newcastle are one of the Premier League clubs interested in securing the African’s services.

The verdict

Newcastle do need attacking reinforcements, but the numbers do not seem to stack up.

The Magpies have yet to do any business in the January transfer window and recently missed out on signing Gelson Martins from Atletico Madrid; per Chronicle Live, the winger snubbed the move once he realised AS Monaco were interested. He eventually moved to the French club on loan.

Bolasie, while he has Premier League experience and offers searing pace and trickery that is currently lacking at St James’ Park, is not the in-form marquee winger that the north-east outfit need.

They would also have to send Kenedy back to Chelsea to free up space in their squad; due to the loan registration rules, as per premierleague.com, they are only allowed two at any one time, and they are unlikely to try and send Salomon Rondon back to West Bromwich Albion given he has established himself as Rafa Benitez’s first-choice centre-forward this term.

The DR Congo international is more experienced than Kenedy but the jury is out as to whether he’s actually better as things stand right now.