A report from Portugal suggests that Sporting Lisbon are unlikely to take up their option to turn Yannick Bolasie's loan into a permanent transfer at the end of the season.
According to O Jogo, Sporting have been unconvinced by the 30-year-old's performances and that has cast doubt on whether or not that they will elect to purchase him for the €4.5m fee they agreed with Everton.
This follows an earlier report that Sporting's hierarchy have already made their decision over Bolasie but have decided to keep it private for now.
Bolasie, who has two goals and four assists so far in his time with the Portuguese side, was sent off in a cup match in January and recently missed three games, one through suspension, but was back in their team yesterday as they drew 1-1 away at Rio Ave
Bolasie attempted to take the penalty that provided the 84th-minute equaliser for Sporting but was over-ruled by Jovane Cabral who netted from the spot.
The former Crystal Palace winger was signed by Everton for a fee rising to £28m in 2016 but suffered a potentially career-ending knee injury a year later and subsequently struggled to replicate the form that had prompted the Blues to spend big money on him under former boss Ronald Koeman.
Bolasie has had loan spells at Aston Villa, Anderlecht and now Sporting as he attempts to keep his career on the rails but, with one year remaining on his Everton contract, it seems likely that he has played his last game for the Toffees.
Original Source: O Jogo via Sport Witness
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1 Posted 16/02/2020 at 19:54:55
Spending Bog money on him. Many a true word.
2 Posted 16/02/2020 at 20:01:13
In what other business could someone (think Sandro here) be so utterly, comprehensively, out-of-his-depth shite and walk away with a big pay-off? The era between Moyes and Ancelotti should be wiped from the history of our club, Japanese style.
3 Posted 16/02/2020 at 20:08:26
4 Posted 16/02/2020 at 20:39:59
Why can't clubs who sign players like Bolasie for £25M or whatever insure themselves against the player getting such a catastrophic injury? After it, Bolasie lost his speed, agility and value overnight.
5 Posted 16/02/2020 at 20:50:33
6 Posted 16/02/2020 at 21:10:52
Andy (2), Walsh, as you've rightly said, has done us so much harm, more than many realise. He set us back at least 5 years, this season with the money we've spent recently and, had it've been on quality players, we'd have been at least in a punch-up with Leicester City and possibly Man City.
Other than the top three, they're all as weak as piss and, after what we've spent, we're in no position to take advantage of them?
Let's not forget the man who employed Walsh in the first place; let's hope he got it right this time.
7 Posted 16/02/2020 at 21:33:07
8 Posted 16/02/2020 at 22:59:46
One goal career wonder. Very average centre-half; one of six shit signings making Neville Southall the remaining magnificent one. Talent scout who brought his holiday buys back to Everton.
The one that made a profit was from Aston Villa so assume the wife or girl-friend did not make that trip so not too distracted.
Thankfully Slimani preferred the bright lights of Leicester.
9 Posted 17/02/2020 at 00:55:23
10 Posted 17/02/2020 at 05:48:25
If they are not named in our 25-man squad, can we claim them as Academy players to reduce any FFP commitments? No harm in asking, just a matter of where they might appear in the Accounts.
11 Posted 17/02/2020 at 08:23:14
On a related note, it dawns on me that our players get injured when the team is playing shit, meaning the players try too hard and to overcome a bad situation, and get injured - I can think of McCarthy (last ditch tackle to prevent a goal when we were in the worst run of form), Gomes and Gbamin (earlier this season when things were not going well), Bolasie also got injured I think trying something very fancy on the sidelines, and tried to run it off, probably aggravating the injury.
12 Posted 17/02/2020 at 08:48:18
He was a one trick pony, his pace on the counter could be devastating, but his injury robbed him of his strengths and curtailed his career.
What stinks with Bolasie has been his attitude since the injury. He has gone to clubs and despite initial promise his bad attitude has let him down. Not to mention his uncomplimentary remarks about the club, he now comes across as being bitter.
As for Walsh, sure Sandro, Bolasie and Klassen weren't great (but without hindsight were good on paper). But he did bring in Pickford, Keane and Gueye. I'm counting Sigurdsson as a Koeman signing.
Equally Marcel Brands has, a few expensive signings with question marks Gbamin, Iwobi and Kean.
13 Posted 17/02/2020 at 09:00:33
That said, like many others, he didn't set or agree to pay his fee or wages. This is collectively down to Kenwright, Martinez, Moshiri, Koeman, Walsh and Allardyce who signed off the various deadwoods still haunting us.
14 Posted 17/02/2020 at 09:20:07
Based on those early signs, I suspect that – even if he had not been injured – his time at EFC would have been judged by most as poor, if not the complete disaster that the injury has made it.
15 Posted 17/02/2020 at 09:39:05
16 Posted 17/02/2020 at 11:24:10
The injury ruined his career, sad, yes, but the same things happens to young lads with bags of potential some of whom who never play again and would never enjoy the rewards he has had from the game. He, at least, has had a taste of some European football and Sporting are a very good club for him to show what he can do. It would appear that, like Niasse/Sandro/Tosun his time at the club will not be remembered too fondly.
17 Posted 17/02/2020 at 11:45:31
18 Posted 17/02/2020 at 12:05:23
I am not sure Peter Reid ever fancied him when he was at Plymouth but at Palace he looked a right hand full.
Unfortunately for him and us that injury finished him as a pacey winger.
Gbamin could be our new Danny Williamson. Injuries happen in sports. It's not his fault that the transfer market is nuts and we had an owner burning money.
19 Posted 17/02/2020 at 12:22:06
20 Posted 17/02/2020 at 13:07:51
Niall, Tosun always gave his best, his head never went down, we never heard him complain and his attitude was very good.
He only really lacked a yard of pace and could finish.
It's maybe a little harsh to be putting in the Bolasie, Sandro & Klassen type group?
21 Posted 17/02/2020 at 15:10:26
22 Posted 17/02/2020 at 18:41:12
So infuriating that we spend most of the nineties and noughties without a pot to piss in and then, as soon as we have some cash, we spend big on players who found their level beneath us.
23 Posted 17/02/2020 at 19:42:06
@ Andy #2 What has he said about the club?
Im aware of him being very complimentary and performing some great charitable services through EitC.
I know what some people say about YouTube highlight reels but theres no way a Bilyaletdinov or Oumar Niasse could do this stuff:
24 Posted 17/02/2020 at 19:42:40
I don't disagree regarding Tosun's attitude, but we have had very little return for what was paid for him, as with Klaassen who also seemed to lack the pace to make a mark in the Premier League.
Harsh? Maybe, but then we often reflect on this site about "players past" and I guess there aren't too many outside the trophy winners of '85, '87 and '95 who are held with lasting affection? Tim Cahill, Steven Pienaar, Sylvain Distin definitely.
Unfortunately for Yannick, the promising partnership with Lukaku didn't work out due to the injury, and it's sad that he didn't make his mark at Everton.
25 Posted 17/02/2020 at 19:53:56
There is no group of Klaassen, Sandro and Bolasie.
If there is a group with Sandro and Klaasen in it, Tosun should be hundreds of miles closer to it than Bolasie!
Bolasie performed for us and was first-choice pick on the wing before his injury, whereas Tosun never got close to putting a run of games together, let alone being first-pick anywhere but the bench.
Some people have very, very short memories indeed.
26 Posted 17/02/2020 at 19:57:49
27 Posted 17/02/2020 at 20:30:24
Anyway, I would say hes fully recovered from injury. He has his burst of pace back, he has his tricks back, and hes as good as he ever was.
The thing for me is, he was never actually that good. And so far this season hes easily one of Sportings best players. Thats not saying much as theyve had a stinker of a season. Bruno Fernandes has left now (to Man Utd) so lets see if Bolasie can carry the side.
Sporting would love to keep Yannick. The fans I am in touch with, not a big sample size these days though, are of the opinion that hes a very decent player.
Sporting were never going to sign Bolasie. They cant afford him. Theyve got no money. The money they get off Man Utd will be on the drip and will have immediately been swallowed up by debts.
Bolasie went to Portugal to be in the shop window. I think hes done alright there and hopefully someone will cough up £5m for him.
28 Posted 17/02/2020 at 20:47:01
He also tried to rush back and Allardyce, in his infinite wisdom, kept playing him, even though it was obvious he was only about 60-70% fit and kept ballooning crosses into the upper deck. Remember when someone asked why he was playing over Lookman and Allardyce responded "Because he cost thirty million." What a complete and utter charlatan that guy was.
29 Posted 18/02/2020 at 09:09:59
I remember thinking at the time he was probably about an £11M-£13M player and that's tops at that. I couldn't believe it when we had shelled out a fee well in excess of that and the possibility of it rising to £28M.
Pre-injury, he was contributing something, but nothing like commensurate to his fee, and he seemed to have a decent on-field relationship with Romelu Lukaku, providing some decent crosses for him.
The injury, as with most injuries could not have been predicted, but it does happen. Now we find ourselves not only recording record losses but can't even offload, among many others I may add, for a fraction of the fee paid for him/them.
Koeman, Walsh and Allardyce (to a lesser degree) should be taken to court, for misappropriation of the Club's Funds. To rub salt in to the gaping wound these shysters walked away with compensation!
30 Posted 18/02/2020 at 13:21:23
31 Posted 18/02/2020 at 14:08:44
He's been a model professional, who just happens to not be all that good a footballer. And he's never poor-mouthed the Club. He, reasonably to me, complained during pre-season that the Club was playing with his career.
He went back in under Allardyce when he clearly wasn't anywhere near fit, then went out on loan twice to play his way back into shape, which he did at Anderlecht. He was a regular starter and 90 minute man there.
If I was him this last pre-season, with two years left on my contract and back to full fitness, I would expect an opportunity to play my way in or out of the 1st Team of the Club that's paying me. Who wouldn't?
Instead, we had Brands scrambling to find him a club anywhere. Of course he was upset and said so. If form holds, we'll be paying "I don't feel like it today." Schneiderlin for one more season and that dud Besic. Maybe Carlo will give Yannick I chance to make the Team this Summer. I say he's earned the chance.
And in slagging off Koeman, Walsh, and Allardyce, no un-love for Blue Bill? Because those three, like Roberto and Moyes before them, had no say in fees and wages. Had to be someone above them. If Moshiri delegated that, it would have been to Kenwright, not any manager.
32 Posted 19/02/2020 at 09:59:05
Bolasie performed for us?
Doh! Must have missed it!
33 Posted 20/02/2020 at 09:55:02
Found this report when I looked again.
Ademola Lookman - RB Leipzig
After a successful 6 month loan spell in Germany in 2018, Lookman signed permanently for RB Leipzig last summer for £18m from Everton. The big price tag brought with it big expectations, but the 22 year old winger has so far failed to reach those lofty heights. He has played in only 7 matches all season and has failed to register a goal or an assist. This is in stark contrast to his previous spell, where he knocked in 5 and set up another 4 goals. RB are pushing Bayern Munich all the way for the title this season, but Lookman is not one of those making an impact. He has failed to adapt to manager Julian Nagelsmanns preferred 4-4-2 system, often finding himself on the bench behind the more versatile Christopher Nkunku.
Still not self motivated enough. Still paying the price for not working on defensive aspects of his game , which is now affecting his forward play.
34 Posted 20/02/2020 at 10:04:52
35 Posted 20/02/2020 at 10:11:22
Looks like the club DID know what they were doing when we sold him, despite those on here who screamed otherwise.......and often! 🤪
36 Posted 20/02/2020 at 10:11:24
Juni Calafat is his name and I think getting him would bode very well. We need to follow the models of Dortmund and Leipzig (and Spurs to a degree), targeting young talented players with high potential (like Kean) who fit into the team's need and philosophy.
37 Posted 20/02/2020 at 10:43:46
Everton is already an excellent example of the benefits of youth recruitment (Holgate, Calvert-Lewin, Stones, Vlasic, Onyekuru, Lookman) compared with older, expensive players deemed not good enough for top teams (Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Walcott etc). Even those young players who didn't work out from a playing point of view turned a profit financially.
38 Posted 20/02/2020 at 11:01:56
Agree. Lookman still hasn't got the message and at Everton they came to the conclusion he never would. They where right and did some good transfer business.
39 Posted 20/02/2020 at 11:46:56
Lookman came on against Munich last week and looked really dangerous which is not easy to do in the Allianz Arena. As he is adapting to the coach's methods he is becoming more of a fixture and that Leipzig team is some unit.
The same criticisms levelled at Lookman were aimed at Grealish at the same age.
40 Posted 20/02/2020 at 12:08:55
41 Posted 20/02/2020 at 12:09:21
He has featured just 7 times in all competitions all season since joining RB Leipzig, only once completing 90 minutes.
His total minutes per game in 5 out of possible 22 Bundesliga games reads: 11 mins, 30, 90, 19 and 8.
In the CL 1 appearance out of possible 7, 69 mins.
In the German Cup, 1 appearance out of a possible 3, 9 mins.
I hope Nagelsmann isn't still blaming Everton for the player's poor condition as to why he isn't being selected as he did at the start of the season when not selecting him.
Ademola Lookman shows glimpses of being a very good player. He evidently isn't doing enough to convince his current manager that he merits a starting berth, exactly as was the case under different managers at Everton.
We, Brands, did well to get the money we did for him.
42 Posted 20/02/2020 at 12:52:41
43 Posted 20/02/2020 at 13:00:26
At the beginning under Nagelsmann he wasn't making the bench on occasions and I think he wants more from Lookman. To bring him on against Munich showed his confidence is increasing and Lookman looked really sharp.
I don't think he was managed well by Silva and believe he should have been used more effectively as an impact player. I used the Grealish example because he looks that type who will develop with maturity,both physically and tactically,and game time.
There are question marks over his attitude and he was unhappy so I understand that Brands decided to cash in but I still think it will come back to bite us.
44 Posted 20/02/2020 at 13:33:24
In RB Leipzig's 32 games, he wasn't selected for game 1 of the Bundesliga due to 'fitness' following his transfer.
He subsequently started just one game and has been on the bench for all other 22 BL fixtures apart from game 10 (back injury) and game 17 (not in squad).
A similar story in their 7 CL games. Unplayed sub in 4 games, 69 minutes in one game, not in squad in the other 2 games.
In the 3 German Cup games, unplayed sub in 1, back injury another, 9 minutes in the 3rd game.
In all 32 games RB Leipzig has played this season then, Lookman has only featured 7 times and had a total playing time of 236 minutes.
He started just 2 games and completed 90 minutes just once. He has only not been selected in 6 of those 32 games. Two with a back injury, 1 due to lack of fitness, 3 simply not selected.
RB Leipzig has lost just 5 games in all competitions all season. Lookman has featured in just 7 games for them all season. He got playing time in 4 out of 5 of those defeats. I'm not attributing those defeats solely to Lookman, but equally he wasn't able to help the team starve off defeat.
No goals. No assists. He is clearly failing to impress sufficiently to be given more playing time from the bench, let alone a starting berth.
There is nothing in those numbers to suggest his departure is going to 'come back and bite us' as you claim.
45 Posted 20/02/2020 at 14:25:09
46 Posted 20/02/2020 at 14:31:27
He never looked comfortable and if you contrast that with DCL who's had his ups and downs also, but DCL always had an 'have a go' attitude and always had an energy and keen look about him.
Sadly, I can see a touch of Lookman in Moise Kean, I hope I'm wrong.
I'll agree with Jay Wood, it was a good sell, the coaches and Brands had him long enough to come to an astute decision about any future contribution he might have made at EFC, I suspect he had head/motivational problems and put together with his grass is greener elsewhere attitude, we did well to sell!
47 Posted 20/02/2020 at 14:52:12
48 Posted 20/02/2020 at 15:16:24
In my initial post I shouldn't have used the word terrible in terms of business but my point in the thread was that because Lookman hasn't so far been a hit doesn't mean it was great business.
Lookman went there to revitalise his career but would have realised quickly that competition was a different level than before and even at Everton. Nagelsmann didn't allegedly fancy him at the start but the fact that he brought him on in their most vital game of the season when they were on top to try and win it and that they turned down a bid in excess of what Leipzig paid for him from Newcastle in January suggests to me that he is an important part of the coaches plans going forward.
We have just paid double the money for a player with less scope and talent in my opinion but has the edge in terms of experience, physicality and understanding of the game.
I don't disagree with John and Rob that the player was unhappy and selling him may have been necessary but I think he became frustrated over being misused and under used under Silva.
I believe there is a real player there Jay though I accept it's more a judgement call than facts based. I would much rather have kept Robinson and Lookman and grow with the squad.
49 Posted 20/02/2020 at 15:50:47
However, I think it may be a bridge too far to assume that "he's an important part of the coaches plans going forward." Leipzig doesn't have much attacking depth and that may be why they weren't interested in the Barcodes' bid. Let's see what happens in the summer when Werner moves on and Nagelsmann has to rebuild his attack. We'll know then if Lookman is really in the picture.
50 Posted 20/02/2020 at 16:01:38
51 Posted 20/02/2020 at 16:29:28
If my memory serves me, he had time under four managers and never found himself under any of them at EFC, I feel absolutely sure had he of been firing in training sessions and full of energy, Silva who desperate for any kind of talent upfront would have picked in a millisecond. Just look at what we were putting out and he was worse than them?
My guess he was disinterested in training, for four managers to pass him over. The coaching staff must have tried every single psychological 'pick me up' to get him going (but to no avail), it was in their interest to do so.
His first half season at Liepzig would have had his adrenalin levels through the roof being in new sorroundings and a new team. Come the full move, now with a realisation of four years ahead and he now has to start competing for his place in an inform team, can you see the same pattern beginning to emerge as at EFC.
He's psychologically frail, we shouldn't have to cotton wool every player who's shying away and especially at the money they earn.
He's now someone else's problem.
52 Posted 20/02/2020 at 16:47:58
Lookman was on the bench and on a few occasions was sent out with the others to warm up. He was repeatedly criticised by the two of them for the half hearted and sullen way he went about it. They contrasted his attitude with the likes of Baines who went at it with enthusiasm and professionalism.
If he came on it was with a face like thunder. They were pretty outspoken by their standards and they are pretty biased Everton broadcasters.
If that was his normal demeanour it was unsurprising he didnt get so much game time.
53 Posted 20/02/2020 at 16:57:08
But it became apparent though he had loads of ability, he wasn't able to play within the Everton team. Did not track back and was All forward. Walcott was his competition, and showed his Arsenal training in being able to help Evertons defensive shape. Lookman seemed to just sulk and wanted away to Leipzig. He did not seem to cop on that he needed to develop the defensive aspect of his game, which I am sure at Finch Farm they encouraged him to do, till they where blue in the face. Lookman did not listen and went back to Leipzig, where a new manager wanted what his Everton coaches wanted. Lookman still is not listening, and Leipzig have deadwood. By the way Walcott still is getting selected for his defensive awareness and is still a twat.
I agree buy another Lookman and find another pre present manager Leipzig to sell him too. Great Transfer business by Everton.
54 Posted 20/02/2020 at 17:02:01
55 Posted 20/02/2020 at 17:33:36
56 Posted 20/02/2020 at 21:58:34
Did you find it or are you retracting your earlier assertion?
57 Posted 20/02/2020 at 22:33:56
Indeed, in my search I found him saying some nice things about the club. Sorry, Yannick.
58 Posted 20/02/2020 at 22:38:51
Nothing wrong with your memory mate I remember him having a moan about the club too.
Didn't document it though so it wouldn't stand up in court or anything.
59 Posted 20/02/2020 at 22:48:36
60 Posted 20/02/2020 at 22:58:49
That's it, nothing more. Seemed like more of a moan about Silva than anything else.
61 Posted 20/02/2020 at 23:03:11
62 Posted 20/02/2020 at 23:08:14
Tony, Leipzig is battling for a Bundesliga title. Derby is battling for 12th in the Championship. I'd say by any measure he made the right choice.
63 Posted 21/02/2020 at 04:28:49
64 Posted 21/02/2020 at 07:35:31
Andy, fair play.
He's a good fella with a good attitude and was unfortunate to join Everton at a time of chaos and to sustain a serious injury. Yes, he earned a lot of money but had his career stymied into the bargain.
65 Posted 20/02/2020 at 09:33:30
He wanted to go the previous summer but Silva maintained he would get his chances. There were games against inferior teams which were tough to break down and Silva would prefer Walcott despite his skill set when I would have been as much use. The boy has devilment, movement and moments in his game which were under-deployed.
Then he was played in an away game against decent opposition and asked to do what Ricky and Theo were excellent at and he struggled. Then he was back out of contention. Whether his attitude in training went against him is conjecture.
Earlier I spoke about Grealish as I watched him play for Ireland u21 as a 17 yr old. I thought he would be some player and he flourished in the Premier League early on. He hit poor form and even in the Championship he struggled and was criticised for his attitude and application by several managers and for his selfishness. He went into the wilderness for a few years but became invigorated last season, worked hard at his game, became stronger and developed as he matured.
I am not comparing their individual qualities but I can see parallels in both their talent and weaknesses. Lookman has only turned 22 and has plenty of time on his side to do similar when the penny drops. Under Nagelsmann he should be like a sponge.
Mike 49- I have watched Leipzig against Dortmund, Bayern and Spurs and although I was aware of the talents of Werner, Schick and Forsburg (who we were linked with in the past) I hadn't taken note of Nkunku before this season and he's impressive. For Lookman to be behind those lads doesn't surprise me, in hindsight for the game time he wanted he was better off staying put or choosing Saints who were sniffing.
It will be interesting to see how he fares over the rest of the season and whether he can improve with the increasing standards at Leipzig.
66 Posted 21/02/2020 at 10:09:52
Hopefully you are right regarding Lookman; he has bags of talent, which you have based on keen observation of him at Everton and Leipzig.
Lookman can improve to compete in his role, but he does need to do that. Hopefully he will succeed.
67 Posted 21/02/2020 at 11:01:21
Re: Bolasie bad-mouthing the club, I also recall him tweeting an emoji after one of our tougher losses this season that some interpreted as shade, but that's about it.
68 Posted 21/02/2020 at 11:12:44
69 Posted 21/02/2020 at 13:49:20
70 Posted 21/02/2020 at 14:29:27
71 Posted 21/02/2020 at 15:10:28
72 Posted 21/02/2020 at 15:58:00
"We know what his quality is and you know I believe in his quality since the first day I saw him so it has to be same Lookman everyday with the same desire everyday.
“He needs to understand what the coach wants coming from him, and any winger in our model, because, after that, the quality he has.
“He is a young football player but, being honest with you, I expect Ademola to be on a different level already this season.
“I keep believing, 100%, in his quality as a football player, there are no doubts about that, but what I want to see coming from him is the same desire coming from him, each day, to achieve that, to reach that level he wants and the level I believe he can play at."
"I see one Lookman doing fantastic things one day and I say: 'Ok, it will be this week' and maybe the next day I have doubts.
"I don't want this because, in my opinion, he has big, big potential.”
73 Posted 21/02/2020 at 16:52:32
I recall those comments very well, James. It was when my own alarm bells about Lookman first started tinkling.
Such a public denouncement was very much contrary to how Silva conducted himself. The message was very clear and stark.
Ademola is very talented with huge potential, someone the manager and the club trusted and believed in being able to make the breakthrough to the first team.
The big BUT! was clearly expressed about his consistent application in training.
Unless and until that aspect of being a professional footballer improves, Ademola Lookman is not going to have a glittering career in the game his talent hints that he is capable of.
We got good money for him, more than doubling our investment. He is now somebody else's problem.
74 Posted 21/02/2020 at 21:19:16
At the time, I wondered about Silva's comments. It seemingly showed a player with an attitude problem and a manager who had given up on him. Very lucky Everton got rid of him. His place on the Leipzig bench could be to appease those that sanctioned the transfer fee.
75 Posted 21/02/2020 at 21:48:14
As mentioned earlier in these comments, even at Palace, Zaha was a better prospect at a cheaper price. In that window, Redmond, Traore, Pereyra, Townsend & Salah all moved for less than half the price and Mane literally moved from Koeman's Southhampton to them lot for a slightly higher price than Bolasie.
I know it's easy said with hindsight and that there is more to scouting & signings than picking a list like above but Bolasie was a 27-year-old with majority of his career in lower leagues & less than 1 goal contribution every 3.5 games at that level. He was never going to be a success for the amount we paid.
We are still paying for that transfer approach but I'm (cautiously) hopeful with current leadership and outlined strategy.
76 Posted 21/02/2020 at 22:07:41
77 Posted 22/02/2020 at 22:38:13
78 Posted 23/02/2020 at 11:00:54
Minik, there is no doubt that Sporting would like to keep Bolasie and there is little more Bolasie can do to convince them to buy him. The simple fact is he is too expensive. They are paying his whole €80,000 a week wage. Its the wages that is the issue.
Its very hard to judge Portuguese footballers. Theres three (obvious) clubs who would do well in the premier league, then the rest are championship standard and the bottom few are league one or worse. Which is why Silva performed a miracle doing what he did with Estoril.
Bolasie can look great against the small sides, but thats just like performing against Lincoln. He did alright in the big matches, but not amazing. Hes clearly one of Sportings best players.
Theyre in a mess financially now. But they just sold Bruno to Man Utd. The money will be on the drip and what they receive now and in the summer will go on debts. Their model is not to sign Bolasie. They want to buy another Bruno, someone they can use for a couple of years to try and break into the top 2 and then sell for a massive profit. An older player with no resale value is not their model.
79 Posted 23/02/2020 at 11:12:14
On a completely unrelated note, it's been announced that Ajax have signed young Brazilian Antony for next season. I was hoping Brands might have earmarked him for us. Lovely left-footed right-winger / playmaker.
80 Posted 23/02/2020 at 11:17:46
Sandro is another player on loan on a reported £100,000 per week contract. Then we have some overpaid players in the first team squad who don't perform to the level you would expect of players earning between £70,000 and a £100,000 per week.
I am sure Ancelotti must shake his head at the money this club has spent on transfer fees and wages, and having the added problem of having to turn this under performing club around while having to keep an eye on his spending due to FFP rules.
Even with Usmanov trying to offset the FFP by bidding £30 million to be the preferred bidder for the naming rights at Bramley-Moore Dock. I think this summer will prove a massive test for Brands as he tries to move on some of these over-paid players. Many on Champions League club money while turning in Championship performances.
81 Posted 23/02/2020 at 11:27:22
Certainly was was better Premier League option than Lookman ever was despite Balloon Heads astonishingly still unwavering support in some quarters.
82 Posted 23/02/2020 at 11:49:42
83 Posted 23/02/2020 at 11:56:59
I'd say he looks as quick as he ever did. He regularly gets out his box of tricks and is as infuriating as ever. When they come off and he goes for the afterburners, he has enough pace to get away or get the yard he needs to cross. So, I'd say he has his pace back.
I never thought much of Bolasie though. So for me, he's far short of being a decent Premier League option. He's slower than Gordon. I'd also say he's less effective at the lot. His tricks aren't working as often as I'd expect against Championship level players, they'd fail against Premier League defenders.
I'd loan him out to whoever covers his wages for his final season and consider him released on a free transfer for someone else to worry about. The lad is not good enough, and he never was.
84 Posted 23/02/2020 at 12:06:40
He's another with a year left. So, to go back to Brian's point. I think there's another 12 months of pain. Then, we will have lost a load of expensive players:
- Baines - sorry but he's expensive for what he is
- Niasse - leaves this summer
- Garbutt - leaves this summer
- Pennington - yes he really has over 12 months left
You add that lot up and you're talking close to, if not more than, £500,000 per week in wages. That gives us considerably more leverage in the transfer market.
85 Posted 25/02/2020 at 23:35:48
Personally I would tell them no and if need be, give Bolasie a run out next season as a squad player, if it does not go well offload him in the January window.
Cannot blame Sporting for using this tactic, but although he would be off the wage bill, I would give the guy one last try until at least the January window.
See if Sporting then back track when we say no and watch how they then stump up.
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