Everton’s 2016 transfer mistake exposed by this cut-price evaluation

Yannick Bolasie

Back in 2016, Everton appeared to have pulled off an eye-catching signing when they purchased Yannick Bolasie from Crystal Palace.

The winger signed a five-year deal after a £25 million transfer, tying his long-term future to Goodison Park. Bolasie had excelled with Palace in the Premier League, dominating matches with his searing pace, ridiculous technique and skills, and tremendous creativity.

But in the seasons following his arrival on Merseyside, his stock has plummeted. Everton’s transfer gamble misfired and according to The Daily Mail the Toffees are willing to part ways with the Congolese international for just £7 million this summer — substantially less than the fee they paid for him just three years ago.

Bolasie’s Everton career was unfortunately derailed by a serious knee injury and a loss of form following the setback. In 32 appearances for the Toffees, the attacker scored just twice and assisted four goals. Those are underwhelming numbers for a player heralded as a breath of fresh air in the Everton frontline.

A recent feature of his career has been time spent on loan, with the first half of the season spent at Aston Villa, followed by time with Anderlecht. In Birmingham, Bolasie scored two goals in 21 appearances, with four goals in 15 matches for the Belgian side.

The fall of the talented winger has been tough for Crystal Palace supporters who idolised the exciting player during his time at Selhurst Park. But ever since leaving SE25, Bolasie’s career has fallen flat, revealing that Everton made a massive error when signing him in 2016.

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Author: Max Cohen