The Congolese winger has been on the fringes of the first-team picture at Everton after recovering from potentially career-ending injuries to his knee sustained in 2017.
A ruptured cruciate knee ligament and torn meniscus entailed over a year of rehabilitation, after which he struggled to rediscover the form that had persuaded then manager, Ronald Koeman, and director of football, Steve Walsh, to shell out £28m to Crystal Palace for his signature the year before.
Loan spells at Aston Villa and Anderlecht were lined up and he spent much of this season at Sporting but his spell in Portugal was terminated early when the pandemic took hold in Europe.
"Football-wise it's been a roller coaster as we had four managers in seven months which for any team can't be helpful as that's different philosophies/different lineups," Bolasie said of the situation at Everton, "but I still feel me and the boys rose to the challenge and kept fighting on all fronts.
"All I want everyone in Sporting CP to know is I gave you 100% in every game I played in. I wore that iconic green-and-white shirt with pride and made great friends/brothers that will be with me for life."People have been asking me why I haven't been training etc... I don't like ignoring those questions, especially from fans who support me and the team.
"I use my socials as a way to interact with the fans and love doing it but I wanted to wait until the 30th when my contract was finished with Sporting CP to then speak about Everton.
"I am currently ineligible to play this current season and right now, with the regulations the way they are, only a certain allocated number of staff/players are permitted onto the training ground who are involved on match days.
"It's been very hard not being able to train the way I want but in these times we are all having to adjust to things we don't find normal.
"All I can say is I'm working extremely hard behind the scenes to maintain my levels so, when I do get allowed back to train with the boys, I'm super ready to show the management and support staff that I'm back to being the player I was pre-injury. God willing, I've had two seasons of solid football where now I'm feeling how I should be."I can't wait to put on that Blues shirt again."
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1 Posted 30/06/2020 at 17:31:48
2 Posted 30/06/2020 at 17:51:41
Like Walcott, he's an athletic pro who gives his all, but just isn't that great a footballer.
But never crap.
3 Posted 30/06/2020 at 17:57:27
4 Posted 30/06/2020 at 18:34:27
Better that he moves on though, for him and us.
5 Posted 30/06/2020 at 18:41:49
6 Posted 30/06/2020 at 18:51:08
7 Posted 30/06/2020 at 19:01:04
He'd do well for a team setup to play counter attacking football when he doesn't have to think or make deft passes and link play.
I don't know if he's still as explosive post injury but he's not going to be any better a player.
I cant see him or us with him being successful so it's a thanks and all the best. The injury did sadly ruin his Everton career but I'm sure he'll pick up another club.
8 Posted 30/06/2020 at 19:04:15
Wonder what the Club will do about Walcott regarding next season?
9 Posted 30/06/2020 at 19:28:25
Less happy memory: causing utter havoc against us for Palace in that murderous 2-3.
No, not crap at all, when it clicked for him.
10 Posted 30/06/2020 at 19:37:28
As James said, he is an athletic and dynamic player however I dont consider him to be ‘like Walcott in that sense because he is a player with ludicrous flair and Walcott is somewhat one dimensional as a pure pace merchant. He can however be enigmatic, like Walcott.
Ive been his number one defender on here. He seems like a good lad. He did lots for EitC and he seems to me to be a good professional, which is rare for an enigmatic, flair player.
Id be happy to see him return, especially if he played his best football (the kind he played for Palace against us!) but equally we are probably looking for a better, younger option in his position now and every indication is he is surplus to requirements so hell leave with my thanks and best wishes.
11 Posted 30/06/2020 at 20:06:06
Stupid rule that he cant play or train despite paying him probably 80k a week!
12 Posted 30/06/2020 at 20:51:34
He has been doing a lot on social media, interacting with the kids. He even posted a bike ride to Goodison Park.
As for his footballing abilities, hes one of them who seems like hed be great. He has a great touch and great technique. He loves a trick or two and gets in a good number of crosses. He also works hard and tracks back. He just doesnt link up with others as well as he might.
Ive seen a bit of Sporting this season, but not as much as previous seasons. He seems to have shaken the bad injury off. But, the reality is he was probably never good enough for us before the injury.
I hope he can get back to his best, and you never know, Carlo might save us a few bob and find a way to get him to be effective for us.
13 Posted 30/06/2020 at 20:56:29
14 Posted 30/06/2020 at 22:42:55
15 Posted 30/06/2020 at 22:52:50
16 Posted 30/06/2020 at 22:54:16
Yet, the stick he gets is unbelievable. Its worse than Hibbert and Osman. Again, they always gave 100%. They went above and beyond and never hid either. They werent ever the best paid players at the club. The stick they received was unwarranted.
Why are Everton fans always so hard on the local lads?
17 Posted 30/06/2020 at 23:02:23
18 Posted 30/06/2020 at 23:09:18
19 Posted 30/06/2020 at 23:30:39
Do local lads get more stick? Yes, I tend to agree. That does not make Tom Davies a good player however.
20 Posted 30/06/2020 at 23:50:44
I would also argue that he took as much unfair abuse here as anybody in the side at that time, except for the most unfairly abused of all -- Lukaku.
21 Posted 01/07/2020 at 00:48:40
She wants this so you give it to her... she finds fault. You decorate the living room exactly as she has wanted it she loves it, but then says, "We need the kitchen done now."
Anyway, great reading the many views: always a head scratch, always a laugh, sometimes insightful
I know sweet FA about football but I do know that you attract what you fear and a positive attitude transmits positive outcomes.
If we could collectively and constantly be more positive towards our players, then I'm damn sure we would achieve a lot more on the pitch.
Stay safe and be a Happy Blues...
22 Posted 01/07/2020 at 01:25:56
I remember his performance at Goodison in the 0-0 we got under Allardyce against Liverpool. At one point, he cut in from the left flank, beat a few men and belted a shot towards the top corner that Karius somehow kept out. It was an outstanding bit of play.
The rest of the game he was shite, though. At one point, one of our centre mids squared it to him by the Bullens Road. He tried to control the ball and it went under his foot and out for a throw to Liverpool. I was pulling my hair out.
He's too hot and miss. He'll never be what we need.
23 Posted 01/07/2020 at 01:43:55
Maybe he'd have been better if he hadn't had the injury, but he was never good enough for a team meant be challenging for Champions league places. I suspect he'll go back to Crystal Palace for the paltry £4m we're asking as he's still held in positive regard by most of their supporters.
24 Posted 01/07/2020 at 05:44:49
25 Posted 01/07/2020 at 07:54:05
26 Posted 01/07/2020 at 08:03:36
Agree with most of the rest, he looked decent in a Palace side that was set up for counter attack and he had more space due to Zaha being on the other side and often double marked. We paid over the odds and sadly the injury prevented us from seeing if he was any good.
Hopefully be able to move him on and get a token fee back.
By the way, did anyone see Luke Garbutt on Twitter. Made me piss myself. He shared the video of Carlo being asked about Luke Garbutt being released and his response was 'who?'
27 Posted 01/07/2020 at 09:03:42
28 Posted 01/07/2020 at 09:11:26
He was maddeningly inconsistent, and his stats were always poor.
But there was an idea, a reason we wanted him.
Koeman wanted him for his pace, the thinking being that having someone with his pace would free space for Lukaku and Barkley, allowing us to break quickly. There was also the factor that Lukaku and He were good friends.
It failed, like much of Koeman's strategy.
It is also made all the more maddening when we signed Bolasie for 28 million, when the same summer Liverpool signed Mané from Southampton for a similar fee. Haha was also available for a similar fee.
Just one of many examples of woeful judgement in the transfer market since Moshiri came on board that has seen us get worse and worse with every transfer window.
29 Posted 01/07/2020 at 09:20:05
Ive always thought we should of kept him in the squad.
No hes not worth what we paid but we have squad full of players like that. Id put him in the match day squad for the rest of the season because he offers that outlet which I still dont think we have.
30 Posted 01/07/2020 at 10:24:16
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32 Posted 01/07/2020 at 14:14:32
33 Posted 01/07/2020 at 16:33:36
34 Posted 01/07/2020 at 21:23:37
I see your point but, to be pedantic, I wouldn't say Davies is "better" than Bolasie. Both have their qualities, both have their headless chicken spells.
The worst aspect of Hibbert and Osman was their departure. Nobody ever said "thanks for your service but time's up." It was just let the contract run down then see the released list in the paper. Moyes in the same scenario had his big send-off. Howard had his little swansong game too. That was very poor.
35 Posted 01/07/2020 at 21:54:19
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37 Posted 02/07/2020 at 10:28:31
38 Posted 02/07/2020 at 20:32:14
39 Posted 02/07/2020 at 23:17:33
40 Posted 02/07/2020 at 23:27:11
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