A few Everton supporters have been reacting on social media, after the Liverpool Echo quoted Yannick Bolasie stating his hopes to have a career at Goodison Park.
The 30-year-old was a regular fixture in Ronald Koeman’s starting XI after his £25million summer switch from Crystal Palace in 2016, but a cruciate ligament rupture that December led to a year out of the game.
Sam Allardyce later gave the DR Congo international a chance to kick-start his Blues career upon his return to fitness, but his efforts under the one-game England manager failed to put together a case file that was strong enough to convince Marco Silva that he should be a part of the new boss’ plans.
Loans to Aston Villa in the Championship and RSC Anderlecht in the Jupiler Pro League are unlikely to change the Portuguese head coach’s stance, either, as his efforts last season for either side barely showed enough to suggest he could challenge Richarlison, Bernard or the rest of the wide men on Everton’s books.
Newcastle United and Southampton have also been credited with interest earlier in the window, with Everton chiefs now expected to demand just £7million – representing a loss of £29,250,000 on the fee paid to Crystal Palace and his wages.
Bolasie is expected to make a decision on his career once the Africa Cup of Nations concludes later this month, but has suggested he intends to be at Finch Farm for pre-season training.
“Logically, if I really wanted to think [about it], I’d just put my career first and say I’m going back to Everton,” he said. “I feel myself, I’m back sharp, and I’d go and do a full pre-season, which I haven’t had in two years, and which makes the difference to anyone’s season.
“For me, it’s not a case of coming here to try and turn myself around. I want to play at the Africa Cup of Nations to the best of my ability, but I’m also taking the tournament as preparation for pre-season going into the next season.”
When the Echo shared Bolasie’s quotes on Twitter, this is how these Blues fans reacted…
— Rdj1878 (@Rdj1878) July 1, 2019
That might be out of your hands sorry ????
— stec62 (@stec621) July 1, 2019
He meant carer
— Manny (@MannyJohnCandy) July 1, 2019
Not a chance, couldn’t lace Bernard’s boots.
— Richard Hughes (@Puckyou1912) July 1, 2019
“No one is willing to pay me the daft Money Everton do, so I am making clear that they either pay me off or I stay” standard move by unwanted player.
— Grant smith (@Grantos888) June 30, 2019
Is it April fools day??
— Patrick Fogarty (@Pcf4) June 30, 2019
Back to palace for 8mil when they sell Zaha I think
— jay Goulbourne (@jayefc1983) June 30, 2019
— Matt Vicary (@Vicaz22) June 30, 2019
Can’t be any worse than lookman
— reids cross, GRAY! (@forgedaboutitt) June 30, 2019
No thanks. Not good enough. Absolute waste of money. Another Steve Walsh mistake.
— Everton TV (@bmd1878) June 30, 2019
He hasn’t got a future at Everton club want him off the wage bill
— Soph (@Sophs2k19) June 30, 2019
There must be an alternative Goodison Park, because it won’t be our one!!
— Matthew Barry (@EFCMatt1) June 30, 2019