How will Everton’s big money man fare at Goodison?
After recently completing his high profile move to Goodison Park from Crystal Palace this summer – a deal that could very well see the Lyon-born front-man go on to represent Everton’s club-record transfer in the region of £30 million – Yannick Bolasie seemingly has a great deal to prove under Ronald Koeman throughout the 2016/17 Premier League campaign.
Many have since questioned Everton’s judgement in sanctioning such a high stakes move in what has so far proven a truly hectic summer transfer window, for even if Yannick Bolasie does in-fact go on to pay the Goodison Park faithful back somewhat considerably in a Toffee’s shirt this season, it will still remain to be seen whether or not the 27-year-old DR Congo international really warranted such a hefty price-tag in the first place.
Bolasie is going to be a hero at Everton, showed in 20mins exactly why we signed him. Class
— Liam Hoult (@Liamefc85) 20 August 2016
Although Bolasie was quite expensive at 30m he’ll play well with good players around and I think he’s a decent pick up for Everton tbh #EFC
— Ryan (@WestHam_Ryan) 15 August 2016
Let’s face it, although several die-hard Crystal Palace fans will certainly be left somewhat worse for wear after witnessing the quick-footed winger finally depart Selhurst Park this summer, £30 million for a player of Yannick Bolasie’s overall quality does admittedly seem a little steep within the grand scheme of things. Is he really worth such a substantial investment from the money-men behind the scenes at Goodison? Arguably not, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that this recent move won’t seemingly pay off in the long run…
If this deal had been completed just four or five summers ago, many regular Premier League watchers would have simply been forced to pinch themselves in the wake of such a purchase. Yet as the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane have both recently joined Liverpool each for a similar fee, Christian Benteke has opted to join Crystal Palace in a £27 million transaction despite failing considerably at Anfield, and Manchester United have chosen to break the world-record transfer fee for a player that somehow resided within their very own books just a short matter of seasons ago – perhaps the Bolasie deal isn’t so extortionate after all.
Although the 27-year-old winger often drifts out of certain matches without installing much of an impact, and also seems to disappoint on occasion with a lack of end product inside the final third – £30 million seemingly no longer buys you a player of guaranteed top-flight consistency these days. In a summer of over-hyped valuations all across the board, huge sums of money on the table for a series of not so reliable players, and an apparent influx of cash from those all-important TV deals that seem to circulate around Premier League football like a crew of hungry vultures with every passing season – such an investment ultimately fails to standout all the much among the rest.
So then, whilst the vast majority of speculation over Bolasie’s recent move to Everton does admittedly revolve around money and the huge transfer fee required to pick up his wantaway services, this is one player who does theoretically have what it takes to become a success at Goodison Park. Bolasie’s quick feet and unique style of play will likely go down well with the Everton Premier League betting tips when all is said and done – even if such a player doesn’t exactly seem to match his world class transfer fee with an equally valuable skill-set in the cold light of day.
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