Loads of Everton fans have been reacting on social media to reports by A Bola, via Sport Witness, claiming Yannick Bolasie will return to Goodison Park having hit the end of the road at loan side Sporting CP.
Bolasie joined the Liga NOS outfit on a one-season loan deal last summer and has been given a fair crack of the whip by head coach Silas, who has called on the 30-year-old to start 21 of the Jose Alvalade Stadium natives’ games across all competitions.
But Silas has often looked elsewhere in his squad over the recent weeks, with the 43-year-old only naming Bolasie in two of his side’s last six league matchday squads and only awarding the winger minutes on the field in one of those.
The Leoes hierarchy have lost their patience with Bolasie, too, and have no intentions of retaining the DR Congo international beyond his temporary terms with it unlikely he ever features regularly for them again.
Sporting have a €4.5million (£4m) optional clause that would seem them sign Bolasie permanently this summer, though have long been backed to opt against activating it.
Will Brands find a buyer for Bolasie this summer?
Yes, Brands can do it
No, he'll leave on loan
No, he'll be back
Reports in February speculated that Bolasie’s highly-lucrative £75,000-per-week contract at Goodison Park made it out of the question that the Leoes could afford a permanent deal, and could instead look into another loan agreement.
A month later, however, and all chances of seeing Bolasie stay in Portugal appear over and he will likely return to Merseyside for the start of what will be his final year contracted to Everton, unless Director of Football Marcel Brands is able to find him another new home and make it so his future is not in Royal Blue.
Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to news of Bolasie likely heading back to Goodison Park this summer…
He’ll be as welcome as the Coronavirus
— LX (@lxreilly1) March 12, 2020
We are going backwards fast.
— Niren (@Niren_) March 12, 2020
He’s an Everton player so was always coming back. And will be kicked back out the door ASAP. I’m Sure Marcel is already trying to find him a club
— SL-EFC (@EfcSl) March 12, 2020
No no no no no
— Markoh4 (@MarkoOhare) March 12, 2020
Can he be tipped to just have his contract cancelled?
— Deep State Agent Dave (@GiganticBlue) March 12, 2020
Still better than iwobi tho
— ___Danny Mag (@Dannymag6) March 12, 2020
To cut the grass at Finch Farm?? Its the closest he’ll get to the 1st team!! Yet another horrendous signing!!
— Patrick Fogarty (@Pcf4) March 12, 2020
Keep him in quarantine until his contract runs out. He had COVID19
— David Dempsey (@davedemps13) March 12, 2020
Of course he’s returning…he needs to finish emptying out his locker 😬
— Teeth (@majomajor_teeth) March 12, 2020