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Everton prepared to cut losses on Bolasie

| Thursday, 16 May 2019 42comments  |  Jump to last
Yannick Bolasie could be available for a cut-price fee this summer as Everton look to offload the 29-year-old winger.

MailSport make the claim that the Blues would demand just £7m for the player who was signed for £25m from Crystal Palace under the Ronald Koeman regime.

Bolasie recovered from a potentially career-ending knee injury in late 2017 but couldn't force his way back into the Blues' first-team and was loaned to Aston Villa and then Anderlecht.

The Mail report that Southampton and Newcastle are interested in Bolasie but Besiktas, Galatasaray and Lille are also in the conversation.

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Mike Gaynes
1 Posted 16/05/2019 at 16:00:26
I still think he could have been a solid contributor if he hadn't blown out that knee. Once he did, there was no chance his sojourn here was going to end any other way.
Fran Mitchell
2 Posted 16/05/2019 at 16:04:01
Was a mistake right from the start, his stats at Palace were bang average. He was always a MOTD player, great highlights, but ever so average.

Then his injury just made him even less than average.

Whatever we can get is a bonus.

Bill Watson
3 Posted 16/05/2019 at 16:10:19
It's not really such a loss as it may seem. He was signed in 2016 on a 5 year contract and the reported transfer fee of £25m was almost certainly spread over 5 years.

If the fee was £25m then we've had (in theory) £15m of that out of him. Flogging him for around £7m would bring cash in and save on his, probably, considerable wages.

Think of it as company capital asset whose value would be written down every every year until it showed as nil on the balance sheet. So, even taking £7m would represent a saving.

Kieran Kinsella
4 Posted 16/05/2019 at 16:14:42

I agree, £7 million is pretty good considering also his age.

Mike Gaynes,

I agree he might have done alright too but for injury. He seemed to have a good rapport on and off the pitch with Lukaku. Yes, his Palace stats aren't great but some times in the right conditions even average players make a big contribution. eg, Kevin Kilbane, Marcus Bent. Neither did much before or after Everton and even here they didn't have great "film reels" but – in some way, shape or form – they played a big role in a team that finished 4th.

Alan J Thompson
5 Posted 16/05/2019 at 16:20:51
If the current team management (Brands & Silva) don't think he is required, and why would we want surplus wide players, then the fee is irrelevant especially in light of the major shareholder's assertion that the wage bill's percentage of income needs to be reduced. The other side of that coin is that the greater the income the more the wage bill may rise. First steps first.
Mark Andersson
6 Posted 16/05/2019 at 16:21:21
I thought he was going to be our turning point... Maddness 25 million now the average.. average player now

Meanwhile can anyone tell me the avarage earnings of the average supporter as I now live in Australia were the average man earns about 60 grand a year and that's Aussi $$$ google the the exchange rate for pounds...

Yet lots of posters saying break the bank for Zuma and Gomes keep Ganna at any price.. cool just so we can stay 8th...

Its all a bit crazy... and yet we all get caught up in the bull shit...

Stewart Lowe
7 Posted 16/05/2019 at 16:38:33
It should be all relevant in the end when it comes to transfers. Massive losses on Bolasie, Tosun, Klassen etc, but massive increases in Lukaku, Digne, Bernard, Richarlison etc.

For me, 15 players need moving out, wit 6 quality players coming in.

Mike Gaynes
8 Posted 16/05/2019 at 16:39:23
Bill #3, Bolasie is on £3,900,000/year, more than Keane, Gueye or Coleman. So yes, it'll be nice to get him off the payroll.
Jon Withey
9 Posted 16/05/2019 at 16:42:32
Shame we didn't really get to see him much - inconsistent but also excitingly unpredictable at times. I thought £25M was mental at the time but would probably be about right now.

That said, he is one of a number we should get off of the books - Besic, McCarthy, Vlasic, Onyekuru, Niasse, Mirallas, Ramirez, Tosun.

Try and swap in some players who we will actually use.

Brian Williams
10 Posted 16/05/2019 at 16:44:35
Ooh with all those teams supposedly interested a bidding war might ensue and we could end up getting seven and a HALF million. 😳
Peter Thistle
11 Posted 16/05/2019 at 16:53:31
Never believe any story from the Mail, I hope it's true and we get rid of him but they have a history of utter bullshit rumours.
Phil Malone Jnr
12 Posted 16/05/2019 at 17:06:30
A bit of a shame really. I remember him tearing us apart on the left side for Palace. But, having said that, I agree with the group. He hasn't quite been the same player since the knee injury. I still wouldn't've minded him being a squad option this season, but if he's on that sort of money, get rid.
Rob Halligan
13 Posted 16/05/2019 at 17:12:28
Bill # 3. I understand what you mean when you say the transfer fee of £25M might have been spread over the period of the contract ie £5M per year. I'm sure though that there would have been a significant sum paid up front, otherwise, as of today, we would still owe Palace £10M. So if we were to well him for the reported £7M we might as well just give that to Palace along with an extra £3M.

That's the way I see it, unless anyone knows and different? Of course, as pointed out by several people, there would be a significant saving of wages.

Derek Knox
14 Posted 16/05/2019 at 17:12:54
I go with Fran @2 on this, he was very sporadic but occasionally showed glimpses of a match winning cross or goal.

When I first heard we were even considering him, I wasn't exactly impressed or looking forward to him joining us, but I thought £11-12M tops, couldn't believe when £25M was the figure bid for him.

Getting his wages, which are astronomic in relation to his capability, off the books will be a major bonus and to even get £7M as well it's jackpot time.

Peter Warren
15 Posted 16/05/2019 at 17:25:49
I would be amazed if we managed to get £7m for him!
Brian Harrison
16 Posted 16/05/2019 at 17:42:48
I think we will end up having to practically give away the players out on loan who are surplus to requirements. Lets not forget these players were given a fortune in salaries never mind the transfer fee. The wage bill needs drastically reducing, but the problem is these players have £70,000 to £100,000 per week contracts so they will be in no hurry to leave and why should they. Also what manager would want these players reporting back to Finch farm for pre season training. So maybe give them all free transfers which might be the only incentive that will encourage them or their agents to look elsewhere.
Bill Gienapp
17 Posted 16/05/2019 at 18:02:07
We overpaid for him, but he did supply pace, power and athleticism, qualities we were sorely lacking at the time. I agree with Mike, if he hadn't gotten hurt he would have been a solid contributor.

If he were able to regain some semblance of his pre-injury form, there's a world in which he'd be a decent weapon off the bench... but, better to just cut our losses and get his salary off the books at this point.

Pat Kelly
18 Posted 16/05/2019 at 18:03:37
Could we throw in Sandro as a make weight to get the price up to £7m ? Think of the fortune we'd save on their combined salaries.
Kim Vivian
19 Posted 16/05/2019 at 18:21:06
Bolasie, to me, was necr a serious threat when we played against him. I had high hopes he could be magic for us but sadly just produced more of the same. Bugger all.

And £3.9m p.a? That depresses me, seriously. I didn't realise that.

...fkn gin 'n' tonic time I reckon.

Tony Everan
20 Posted 16/05/2019 at 18:22:47
Agree with the comments above about the injury, it set him back big time. But he should take heart from Seamus's resurgence, he could still do the business for a promoted club. I would wish him all the best.

If we get 7m it is good business, probably have to settle for 5m paid over 3 years.

Sam Hoare
21 Posted 16/05/2019 at 18:43:52
I’m with Fran@2. We probably could have got Zaha for a similar price who was not fully fledged then but still creating/scoring more than Bolasie. Walsh/Koeman opted for experience over potential.
Steve Hogan
22 Posted 16/05/2019 at 21:12:31
Ironically, just been reading a few evertonian's comments on Twitter saying the appt of Ronald Koeman as the new boss of Barcelona is a 'great move' for him!!

His time at Everton was nothing short of disastrous, I saw nothing to convince me he could be a 'great' manager.

He came across as arrogant and aloof, certainly his tactics and recruitment policy was dreadful.

Were still feeling the effects now of his transfer policy now.

Kieran Kinsella
23 Posted 16/05/2019 at 21:55:53
Steve 22,

I never understood the obsession with appointing Koeman. He has had mixed fortunes to say the least. It would be kind of the equivalent of Steve McLaren going to Udinese for a year and getting 8th place, then Inter Milan deciding to make him the highest paid manager in the country.

Mark Murphy
24 Posted 16/05/2019 at 22:12:58
Would posters PLEASE stop writing "could of", "should of", "would of"?
It's just wrong and drives me mad!

BTW, good luck to Bolasie - exciting signing that could've worked if he hadn't had a shocking injury!

Might have, should have, could have – hindsight's a great thing but at least he had a great song!
PS - Koeman at Barca? Really?? Sentimentalist shite!!
Brian Williams
25 Posted 16/05/2019 at 22:18:06
You should of taken a double dose of those tablets, Mark.
Bill Watson
26 Posted 17/05/2019 at 04:39:19
It wasn't working that well before he had the injury!
Alan J Thompson
27 Posted 17/05/2019 at 05:13:25
Bill(#26); Bolasie or Mark's tablets?
It annoys me too, Mark, habits from texting and phonetics.
David Ellis
28 Posted 17/05/2019 at 09:55:21
Mark #24 - Is "coulda" acceptable? I think it probably is. But I'm with you on "could of" - it actually makes no sense.
Mike Keating
29 Posted 17/05/2019 at 10:05:35
I hate to think what the appointment of Koeman has cost the club in overpriced transfer fees, ludicrous wages and a merry go round of managerial compensation.
Please tell me we are no longer paying off the charlatan’s contract and, if we are, will a rumoured move to Barca let us off that particularly sharp little hook?
Not that I believe Barca are that stupid but should it prove to be true maybe I can sell my retro Barca top with ‘Koeman’ on the back (worn once) to some unsuspecting fan before the man reveals his true worth (Sweet Fuck All).
Derek Thomas
30 Posted 17/05/2019 at 10:14:00
Mark @ 24 & David @ 28; Just plain laziness from some. The technical term is Th-Fronting. Three becomes free, north becomes norf. Could have migrates to could've, to could of. Essex / Cockney, have some excuse. It does happen elsewhere, in the world...source - The Lady Bird Book of Pedantry.
Mark Murphy
31 Posted 17/05/2019 at 10:32:46
David, kinda sorta, I don’t mind that sort of thing as it’s obviously playing with words but could of should of etc are even appearing in official texts now - I got a letter from an insurance company saying I could of saved pounds if
Any way - good luck to Bolasie but we need to move on from mid table sides cast offs now and scout up and coming talent. The recruitment of Digne, Bernard, Gomes and Richy give me plenty of hope that we’re going the right way! Kind of...
Tony Abrahams
32 Posted 17/05/2019 at 11:54:29
It will be interesting to see how Koeman fares at Barca, but his time at Everton was a complete disaster imo.

Fail to prepare, then prepare to fail, is how I saw Ronald’s reign, with the only thing I was sure about, was that not much thought went into the job, from the man who is supposed to matter the most.

Bolasie was’nt or never has been an Everton type of player, again imo, but the most refreshing thing I heard last summer, came just after Marcel Brands was appointed and he said money can make people lazy, which is the kindest words you could have actually used for Koeman and Steve Walsh, who put our club back years.

Bill Watson
33 Posted 17/05/2019 at 12:29:12
Mark, David and Derek.

My pet hate is off of, as in, 'the ball went in off of a post'. Commonly used by southern pundits on Talk Sport and people from the south.

Another word being used more, and more, is loose instead of lose.

I'd better stop there as I have a lengthy list!

Brent Stephens
34 Posted 17/05/2019 at 12:49:02
Bill, "'the ball went in off of a post'. Commonly used by southern pundits on Talk Sport and people from the south".

And common in (parts of?) the US of A, I think.

And what about starting sentences with "and"?

What about tenses as well? "He's ran to the touchline".

Pedants Corner for me. (Apostrophe?!).

Bill Watson
35 Posted 17/05/2019 at 13:02:56
Brent # 34

You're so yesterday! Cool people who're 'on trend' start sentences with 'so'.

Simon Smith
36 Posted 17/05/2019 at 13:08:52
Mine is Pacific instead of specific. My old gas tutor said it all the time. Would really grind my gears!
Phil Bellis
37 Posted 17/05/2019 at 14:42:26
How true Bill!

That's heard from youngsters all over town now, usually followed by ", I'm like..." or ", I'm goin' like... "
Even heard arl arses saying "Get on this, right!" before simply relating something to mates

Kevin Prytherch
38 Posted 17/05/2019 at 15:01:29
Never will I not fail to be irritated by double negatives.
Brent Stephens
39 Posted 17/05/2019 at 15:14:21
Bill #35 So, let me tell you that “so” start to sentences sounds pretentious.

Pretentious? Moi?

Kevin Prytherch
40 Posted 17/05/2019 at 16:15:12
Never will I not fail to be irritated by double negatives.
Justin Doone
41 Posted 17/05/2019 at 22:17:04
Even before his injury Bolasie lacked genuine footballing abilty. At best he was and could yet be our Origi.

A potential game changer, pace and power to do something different. The kind of player that will have a field day against our defence but look useless most of the time.

Someone else called him a MOTD player which I think is brilliant. Just about sums up our recent transfer policy until Brands/Silva last summer.

Simon Smith
42 Posted 18/05/2019 at 00:14:21
Bolasie is a footballer we clearly overpaid for, we will lose massive sums of money on him because he never has been, or never will be a £25m player, simple !

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