Should Palace cash in on Bolasie?
Crystal Palace look set to face a battle to hang on to Yannick Bolasie during the remainder of the transfer window after the winger made it clear he would be open to a move away from Selhurst Park for a bigger club. The likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have been credited with an interest in the DR Congo international over the past six months, and both clubs are rumoured to be monitoring the situation closely.
Bolasie, who did not play against Aston Villa after his father passed away, has been a revelation at Palace ever since his arrival from Bristol City in 2012, proving those doubters wrong who claimed the forward wouldn’t be a success in England’s top flight. On the back of a sensational Premier League campaign for the Eagles last season, Bolasie is now one of the hottest properties in the league and a player Palace may struggle to hold on to.
While both Spurs and Liverpool are interested in the winger, the likes of West Ham and Aston Villa are also in the running to sign Bolasie, although it’s hard to see how anybody other than a top-five club being able to afford the transfer fee Palace will be asking for. Alan Pardew made it clear it would take bids of up to £25million to tempt the Londoners to sell, and while that figure might be ambitious, it does highlight just how highly the club value the forward. It now remains to be seen whether Spurs or Liverpool are able to test Palace’s resolve before the end of the transfer window, and those who use bluesq.com to follow the developments could well see the news that the Londoners have been forced to cash in on their star winger.
Having sold Roberto Soldado to Villarreal earlier in the window, Spurs have a space free in their attacking line-up and have singled out Bolasie as the man to fill it. At Anfield, Brendan Rodgers is still looking to replace Raheem Sterling following the England winger’s much publicised move to Manchester City. Bolasie is seen as an exciting player who could potentially bring a similar sort of attacking threat to Liverpool if he did move. Both clubs have money to spend and the Eagles could come under real pressure before the September 1 deadline if an auction starts taking place despite their stance. At some point, a club like Palace can’t continue to say no.
Palace fans could probably accept losing one of their best players to a team battling for a top-four finish, but selling to the likes of West Ham or Villa would not send out the right message for a club looking to continue to really establish itself back in the top flight. With Wilfried Zaha on one wing and Bolasie on the other, there aren’t many teams in the Premier League as dangerous as Palace when it comes to counter attacking. The duo played a huge role in the club’s impressive 10th place finish last season, and Pardew will know much of his plans this year depend on having the two pacey wingers in his team.
After an encouraging start to the season, the Palace boss has made no secret over his desire to improve on last year’s top-half finish, possibly even challenging for a European place. While that isn’t an impossible dream at the moment, that could change if Bolasie left the club on the eve of the transfer window closing, especially if it didn’t give Palace enough time to at least attempt to use the money to replace him. Waiting until January to see just how the land lies wouldn’t be the worst idea, but selling Bolasie before September would damage some of the current excitement and good feeling surrounding Selhurst Park.
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