Date: 27th June 2019 at 8:00pm
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Yannick Bolasie has an uncertain future after spending 2018/19 out on loan at two different clubs. The 30-year-old struggled for consistency at Aston Villa but impressed at RSC Anderlecht (17 appearances, nine goals/assist) which may have given Marco Silva pause for thought.

This summer’s African Cup of Nations gave Bolasie another opportunity to prove his worth, but the £75k-per-week winger has underperformed with DR Congo – 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 successful dribbles, 0 shots on target from two appearances.

DR Congo are currently fourth in Group A without a point to their name from their first two games, having lost to Uganda (0-2) on June 22 and Egypt (0-2) on June 26. Against Uganda, Bolasie had one shot (off-target) and created only one chance.

He failed to win an aerial duel, completed only six passes, made three unsupported touches, failed to make a tackle or interception and found a teammate with only one of his four crosses. He was substituted after 69 minutes and dropped for their clash with Egypt.

Bolasie was introduced from the bench in the second half against the Pharaohs and was more heavily involved (four shots, two chances created, five crosses, 28 touches), but he didn’t showcase much quality and was dispossessed more than any player on the pitch (4).

Everton are unlikely to make a U-turn on the winger after his form at AFCON and may now struggle to find a suitor.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article