Who can tell me what Yannick Bolasie and Johann Cruyff have in common?
Go on then I’ll tell you, it’s having a skill moved named after then.
Drink it in.
During his time at Crystal Palace Bolasie became one of the most dangerous wide players in the Premier League.
Yes he was erratic and might only give you one performance every four games, but he had skills to rival Neymar and on his day was capable of destroying defenders.
It was no big surprise that Everton splashed £25m on the
winger part-time grime rapper.
Bolasie was one of the signings brought in to lead the Ronald Koeman revolution at Goodison Park.
So, how, just two years later has Bolasie gone from major signing to become a Championship loanee after signing for Aston Villa?
Bolasie’s first season with the Toffees was pretty understated, through no fault of his own.
The winger limped off with a cruciate knee ligament injury after a 1-1 draw with Man United in December 2016 and was ruled out for 12 months.
Despite that setback he still managed one goal and four assists in 13 league appearances that season.
You would be expecting a little more from your star transfer though.
Bolasie finally returned to full fitness by Christmas last season but by that point the Koeman revolution had not worked out and he had been replaced by a certain Sam Allardyce.
It’s pretty fair to say that Bolasie is not an Allardyce-type player.
You know all those tricks and flicks would have turned Big Sam off.
Bolasie started just 11 times in the league last season but his return was even worse.
With just a single goal and no assists in that time.
Maybe it’s becoming pretty clear why he has dropped down to the Championship.
With Marco Silva clearly having no plans to drop £50m signing Richarlison any time soon, Bolaise was seeing his game time dry up even more.
Plenty of top Championship clubs were after his signature with Middlesbrough missing out to Aston Villa.
It could be the perfect place for Bolasie to rebuild his reputation as a flair wide man.
Championship defenders beware, Bolasie will leave you with your pants down on more than one occasion this season.
If nothing else the Villa crowd will definitely be entertained.
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