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Middlesbrough interested in Bolasie

| Tuesday, 07 August 2018 59comments  |  Jump to last
Middlesbrough are reportedly looking at losing a bid of around £15m for Yannick Bolasie to bolster their push for a return to the Premier League.

The 29-year-old winger has fallen down the pecking order at Everton following Marco Silva's arrival and the acquisition of Richarlison and he has already been linked with a return to Crystal Palace this summer.

Burnley, who signed Aaron Lennon from the Blues in January, are also reported to be interested in Bolasie.

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Jimmy Hogan
1 Posted 07/08/2018 at 17:23:26
Terrible buy.
James Ebden
2 Posted 07/08/2018 at 17:28:14
Bite their hand off!
Tony Everan
3 Posted 07/08/2018 at 17:30:09
And Burnley £15-18m, we've priced him at £20M.

He will have a better season, be fitter and stronger. He needed some time after his bad injury.

I think we now have much better options, but he could do well for a conservative team like Burnley.

If we get 18 it's good business.

Iain Johnston
4 Posted 07/08/2018 at 17:39:46
Haven't Boro just sold Traore to Wolves?
Jim Potter
5 Posted 07/08/2018 at 17:45:53
A headless chicken.

And then he got badly injured.


Pete Edwards
6 Posted 07/08/2018 at 17:48:38
Shame, he looked to be getting into some form when the injury happened, not really looked a player since unfortunately.

£15M? – we should sell, probably saving another £60to £70k per week in wages too.

Jason Broome
7 Posted 07/08/2018 at 18:06:33
Palace are taking the piss. It's alright to sell him to us for £25 Million but they don't think he's worth resigning for £15 Million!

They can stick their loan deal up their arse... Sell to Burnley!

Soren Moyer
8 Posted 07/08/2018 at 18:18:59
Ah YES!!!!
Si Cooper
9 Posted 07/08/2018 at 18:33:10
Jason (7) - take your tinted specs off and calm down. He’s (likely) a couple of years further past his peak and suffered an injury which he may never fully recover from. Would you sell someone a car and automatically offer them the same money if they brought it back a couple of years later?
Sam Hoare
10 Posted 07/08/2018 at 18:42:00
If we could get near £20M back for a 29-year-old winger who's lost a fair bit of his explosive pace, I'd call that terrific business. Fingers crossed...

Hopefully we'll have Richarlison, Lookman, Walcott and Bernard vying for the wing spots. With Calvert-Lewin and Dowell maybe getting some minutes too.

Fran Mitchell
11 Posted 07/08/2018 at 18:49:27
Woeful buy. Typical MotD player, looks good in highlights but crap.

Sums up Koeman's & Walsh's transfer strategy.

Peter Roberts
12 Posted 07/08/2018 at 18:57:38
Bolasie was the kind of player we needed when Koeman first arrived here. Considering he was our 2nd most expensive signing at the time, it was always going to be a gamble which ultimately didn't pay off because of the terrible injury he suffered against Man Utd.

Shame really as he could have been a good player but, if we manage to recoup the majority of the outlay by selling him to someone like Boro where he can't damage us immediately, then that represents decent business.

Martin Berry
13 Posted 07/08/2018 at 19:06:05
A kick-and-run winger with no real idea of how to beat a man other than pace, often woeful crosses with the odd gem. If we can get anywhere near £15M, it will be terrific.

I wish him luck in his future and that he does not have to suffer anymore injuries.

Drew Shortis
14 Posted 07/08/2018 at 19:09:19
I didn't really see enough of him to grow attached in any way. Seemed to do a lot of fancy stepovers, but lacked much in the way of end product. Unlucky with the injury and now, at 29, is surplus to requirements considering his large wage. £15M+ seems a fair price. Sell and best of luck to him in the future!
Bill Gienapp
15 Posted 07/08/2018 at 19:11:45
I seem to be one of the few who's not desperate to see Bolasie shoved out the door – judging him on last season's performances seems a bit harsh, given that he was working his way back from a major injury.

That being said, he's clearly slid way down the pecking order, so if there's a deal to be made, it makes sense. I'd much rather try to salvage the situation with Lookman and get him regular minutes off the bench.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
16 Posted 07/08/2018 at 19:22:35
Blolasie 1883 minutes on the pitch (20 full games)

2 goals.

If he is playing as one of the 3 up front, 4 goals a season is not good enough.

Good luck for the future son, you are made for life. Same can't be said for the people of DR Congo so look after them if you can.

John McGimpsey
17 Posted 07/08/2018 at 19:47:45
Total shite. Stats before he came, when played and when he was out don't lie.
Julian Wait
18 Posted 07/08/2018 at 19:49:24
I came over for the Man City and Liverpool games at Goodison last season, and against Liverpool, Bolasie was woeful. Maybe he was unfit? But he was pretty awful and the crowd really got on his back like I hadn't seen for a long time.

Drew O'Neall
19 Posted 07/08/2018 at 20:09:18
I like him. Good attitude, good ambassador for the club and put up with a lot of unfair stick while he played for Allardyce, despite not being recovered from injury.

Disappointing comments from ToffeeWebers for one of our own who always did his best – typical of some of the gobshites on here, sadly.

James Stewart
20 Posted 07/08/2018 at 20:09:36
Bit harsh, some of the comments, considering he has never been fit while here. We paid too much for him, yes; but he didn't set his price tag. He is still someone who can come off the bench and have an impact, so, unless we are going to recoup at least £15M plus, I would keep him around.
Chris Watts
21 Posted 07/08/2018 at 20:18:54
Unfortunately it didn't work out. He probably was the type of player we needed at the time as we said virtually no pace in our attack.

However, if there is any one signing which lays bare the legacy of Koeman and Walsh, it is us smashing our record on this guy while his better younger team mate is now worth £65M. Oh well...

Chris James
22 Posted 07/08/2018 at 20:31:48
Take the losses and sell.
Steve Ferns
23 Posted 07/08/2018 at 20:39:27
Phil, Bolasie is actually French, born in Lyon. But then he grew up in London. Congo is just the land of his ancestors (parent). He seems a nice guy so I’m sure he’ll do his bit. But seems a bit harsh to oblige him to do so.
Tommy Coleman
24 Posted 07/08/2018 at 20:42:37
Not good enough for where we need to be.

Defo sell.

Mike Gaynes
25 Posted 07/08/2018 at 20:48:03
Bill #15, I'm not desperate either – I think he can be an occasional spark off the bench like Niasse.

But we got him for his pace and effort at a time when both were badly needed, and he was a good foil for Rom for a while. (They used to speak the Congolese dialect of Lingala to each other on the pitch so defenders wouldn't understand what they were saying.)

Now the additions of Walcott and Richarlison have given us plenty of pace with more skill. So if he goes, so be it, and I will wish him all the best for his relentless work rate and always-upbeat demeanour. His enthusiasm and commitment have been a credit to his Everton shirt.

Jimmy Hogan
26 Posted 07/08/2018 at 20:54:24
Siva is showing a ruthless side, as well as telling Brands what he wants. It's the dreaded Shankly approach: frequently injured players are unlucky... move them on.

Tony Marsh
27 Posted 07/08/2018 at 20:58:31
Bolasie is a modern day Peter Beagrie minus the motorcycle stunts. Sell him for whatever we can get. In Football you lose money on most players and now and again strike it rich. Okay, we overpaid or lost money on Klassen, Sigurdsson, Keane and Bolasie if he goes but we got paid big on Stones, FellaIni and Lukaku.

Forget about the balance sheet – just shift out the deadwood and the boat-rockers. Forget the Finances – it's all Monopoly money anyway. What matters most now is ridding ourselves of hangers-on and plodders. Get Bolasie off the wage bill and I think the club has had an excellent summer.

Andy Crooks
28 Posted 07/08/2018 at 20:58:57
Drew @ 18, truly dire post. In what way is Bolasie "one of our own"? He "always did his best"?!? Well, fucking good for him. On at least £50 or 60k A WEEK, I would like to think so.

The "gobshites" you refer to are perfectly entitled to comment that Bolasie has been an overpaid waste of money. Yeah, he got a bad injury and Everton refused to pay him while he was injured, oh... sorry – they actually did.

"One of our own"? For fuck's sake, wise up.

Mike Doyle
29 Posted 07/08/2018 at 21:42:10
Jimmy (#25). Was thinking earlier that we could do with a dose of the Shankly / Paisley unsentimental approach. Their approach was fairly simple. If you can buy a player that improves your team then do it – a policy that served them well for 20+ years.

Using this approach, Jagielka would have gone a few years ago & Yannik Bolasie (along with most of last summer's recruits) would never have been signed.

Darren Murphy
30 Posted 07/08/2018 at 21:46:18
He's going back to Palace. I know... but I can't be arsed to say how, lol. Thank fuck, too.
Kenny Smith
31 Posted 07/08/2018 at 22:03:22
I feel for the lad. He got a terrible injury and played in poor Everton sides who at times didn't name a centre-forward.

He's not a bad player just isn't what we need now. His games based on pace and that's probably gone now.

Good luck to him if he moves on.

Paul Birmingham
32 Posted 07/08/2018 at 22:12:11
A case of what might've been. Bad luck with injury but also shocking form when selected.

He's a 1-in-10-game player, which we knew prior to buying him.

Palace laughed all the way to the bank. Cut our losses and move on, and make the competition for places on merit and ability.

Jim Hardin
33 Posted 07/08/2018 at 22:25:04

I guess you would feel the same way about Rooney, Southall, Coleman and, even Dean too? Not one of our own because they are or were being paid? Pray tell then, which strictly volunteer players are you pointing out as "one of our own?"

I like that your litmus test is so black and white. If anyone at the club received payment then he or she cannot be "one of our own"? By this definition, then perhaps the ushers at Goodison (if volunteers) are the only ones involved with the club who are truly "one of our own"? Thank them for me will you next time you are there.

Bolasie didn't display a bad attitude, ever seem disrespectful, played when asked, and appeared to give whatever he had. Seems to me that he upheld the club standards. He didn't go out drink driving, act as a punching bag for a punk's fists, run down a contract, refuse to play, assault someone and do jail time, or, gulp, buy a gold Bentley (although for the life of me I cannot figure out why anyone cares so much about what color car a player drives).

He may not be good enough for us now. But, why shouldn't he be wished well wherever he goes (except when he plays against us)?

Tony Everan
34 Posted 07/08/2018 at 22:35:45
Under no circumstances should he be loaned though, when teams are offering hard cash.

They must be smoking some heavy shit down at Crystal Palace. Tell their man to take a cold shower and get the cheque book out.

Conor Skelly
35 Posted 07/08/2018 at 22:49:26
He's not good enough, it's a business so what's the issue? Footballers are essentially contractors paid a certain amount to do a job to a level reflecting that amount. In most other professions you can be sacked for not providing the service expected of you.

People are on zero-hour contracts all over the world that can be left unemployed for no reason without notice. Nearly all jobs have a probationary period in which you can be relieved of your duties for no reason, with no recourse, if the value of your labor doesn't meet the required standard of the employer.

In terms of repaying Everton's investment, Yannick Bolasie has been a net loss in the ten's of millions. Ten's of MILLIONS. MILLIONS.

Yes, he got an injury and that's very unlucky but, unlike the vast amount of jobs in the real world, he essentially had 12 months fully paid leave and was provided with free world-class support and facilities to aid in his recovery.

How can anybody take offense to fans recognizing this and wanting the best for the club, which in this case means to get what we can for the lad, and move on?

Andy Crooks
36 Posted 07/08/2018 at 23:06:28
Jim, so you actually think that Dean and Bolasie are kind of similar? You miss the point...
Jim Jennings
37 Posted 07/08/2018 at 23:22:42
Andy Crooks

Among your many rants on these pages you’ve frequently raged against the fact that salaries for working class footballers are reported weekly. Yet now you use this as a stick to beat Bolasie with.

Take your own advice and wise up.

Jason Broome
38 Posted 07/08/2018 at 23:39:11
Si @9

Always chilled mate. If that's what you call upset then you must be a tender flower.

Why do people not read posts properly before jumping to conclusions?

Bolasie was never worth £25 Million in the first place and obviously he's not worth £25 Million now. My post is not saying he is. Offering a loan deal and not cash for his return is an insult. He needs to be sold (preferably to one of their rivals).

Get him off the books. Save on his wages and invest in a player worthy of our full-throated support.

David Pearl
39 Posted 08/08/2018 at 01:22:00
I’m sure we’d all want to sell all the players we’ve recently let go on loan because we don’t want them back. Bolasie might do well, fit in better elsewhere. Good luck to him.
Drew O'Neall
40 Posted 08/08/2018 at 02:46:56
Andy the keyboard warrior @ 28, Connor @ 35

‘Woeful buy. Typical MotD player, looks good in highlights but crap.' – Fran Mitchell, 11

‘A kick-and-run winger with no real idea of how to beat a man other than pace, often woeful crosses with the odd gem.' – Martin Perry, 13

‘Total shite. Stats before he came, when played and when he was out don't lie.' – John McGimpsey, 17

A player who I never saw give less than 100% whether he was fit or not – and he clearly wasn't fit last season but put his body on the line anyway, represented the club in the community visiting sick kids, hospitals and outreach projects with EitC, and who hasn't said a peep about it in his own defence or gone and sat on the treatment table which he could have done but instead taken dog's abuse and watched his own value fall for the sake of a struggling team.

Yeah I'll take that as ‘one of our own' whether your jealous about how much he gets paid or not.

Paul Kelly
41 Posted 08/08/2018 at 02:47:01
Jim @ 33, you need to read Andy's post again: he asks "In what way is Bolasie "one of our own"?" — and three sentences later mentions his wages.

He never mentioned he wasn't one of our own because of his wages, you made that assumption yourself, ranting and raving for two solid paragraphs over something he never said.

The last two paragraphs are fine and I agree with, but either way he needs shipping out. "Thanks for the memories???" — Were there any?

Victor Yu
42 Posted 08/08/2018 at 02:52:36
If we can get £15M for him then do it.

Again, we could have had Zaha for the price we paid for him at that time. Our recruitment strategy in the past 2 years have set us back a lot.

Darren Hind
43 Posted 08/08/2018 at 02:57:00
Indeed, Paul Kelly.
Alan J Thompson
44 Posted 08/08/2018 at 05:33:15
May be footballers are overpaid and their contracts don't seem to be shown respect by either side but, on the basis of some of the posts on this thread, there are quite a few for whom I wouldn't want to work.
Kieran Fitzgerald
45 Posted 08/08/2018 at 07:02:20
I have a soft spot for Burnley at the moment. They appear to be a well ran club with a good manager in Dyche.

They are improving their squad incrementally without spending stupid money. They've done a great piece of business picking up the goalkeeper Green. A fully fit Bolaise would improve their squad. I would prefer we sell Bolaise to them than to Palace.

Les Green
46 Posted 08/08/2018 at 08:41:33
Kieran @ 46,

Strange as it seems, Burnley will be upgrading Aaron Lennon with Bolasie. I've seen that before somewhere, but I just can't recall where...

Andy Meighan
47 Posted 08/08/2018 at 09:56:49
Along with Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Keane, Vlasic, Martina, and Klaassen, the Bolasie signing just tells me everything I need to know about Koeman's scattergun approach to buying players. Not one of them has done anything remotely good for us and never will. Awful awful signings and a lot of money pissed down the drain.

I don't care if he goes for £15 or 5 million, I hope he takes the above 5 with him. All I can recall about Bolasie is one good half at Sunderland, a goal at Burnley, and an assist against I think it was Brighton... after that, I'm struggling. £28 million? — do me a favour!

Derek Knox
48 Posted 08/08/2018 at 11:43:44
I had been loosely an admirer of Bolasie when he was at Palace, but still felt he was too sporadic and, depending on the opponents, would be either outstanding or totally anonymous.

I couldn't believe it when Koeman bought him for £28M or whatever the ridiculous amount was, still believing we had overpaid by £16-17M.

He has since proved to be very disappointing; the injury was unfortunate, but any offers we get around £15-18M should be hand-snatch-off.

I have always been a believer in 'horses for courses' and it has been proven so many times, a player who has been consistently good, occasionally outstanding for one Club does not translate those performances will be reproduced for another Club, unless that Club has a very similar style of play and similar players around him.

So let's hope for once in a long time that M&M have done their homework on potential targets. So far, it seems good, Richarlison has only played 2.5 games and been MotM on each occasion; Digne looks to be good but it's too early to assess after just 45 minutes.

Steve Ferns
49 Posted 08/08/2018 at 12:00:47
Bolasie was a great MotD player. His highlight reel is unreal. We should go though our footage of him in a blue shirt and put something together in HD quality and fire it off to every club with £20M to spare. Someone would take the bait and get his price up. Let's just hope they don't watch all the other bits of his game.
David Connor
50 Posted 08/08/2018 at 13:23:30
This one can't really be blamed on Koeman and Walsh. He was showing real signs that he was going to be a really good player for us when he sustained a really bad injury. Unlucky for us and him it was an injury he has never fully recovered from.

Although he may be going, I wish him all the best. Better for both parties though; it's another signing we have to take a massive loss on. C'est la vie.

Colin Grierson
51 Posted 08/08/2018 at 14:50:48
Let me know if he needs a lift.
Jim Hardin
52 Posted 08/08/2018 at 15:43:09
Pau Kelly,

Perhaps you should read my post again.

I read his the first time and again before responding. I also read Drew's post that he was ranting about. Here is his paragrah:

"Drew @ 18, truly dire post. In what way is Bolasie "one of our own"? He "always did his best"?!? Well, fucking good for him. On at least £50 or 60k A WEEK, I would like to think so"

The first line of the paragraph is about "one of our own." The rest of the paragraph contains sentences used to construct the support for the first sentence (simple rules of composition). He clearly ties wages into the premise of a player doing his best and what can be expected, and then implies that does not make him "one of our own."

The second paragraph then dismisses the injury and playing after recovery again because he was being, wait for it, paid. So, my point was then only volunteers could be said to be "one of our own" because every other player's accomplishments are just to be expected for being paid. Hence, the references to certain players and to the ushers.

Darren – "indeed"? While I appreciate the unexpected brevity from you, I must ask, how so?

Andy Crooks
53 Posted 08/08/2018 at 20:29:47
Jim Jennings, what's your point? Could you indicate where in my post I have used Bolasie's salary as a "stick to beat him with"? You won't because you made that up.

I have, as you said, defended working class lads earning good money. I expect 100 % for it. I have never suggested that Bolasie didn't give it.

Also, do you and Jim, eager to defend Drew's lamentable post, defend his use of the word "gobshites" to describe fellow Evertonians.

I guess Drew, Jim and Jim have a different definition of what "one of our own", means. Playing for Everton does it for you. Fair enough, admirable loyalty.... I disagree.

Alex Nyarko — "one of our own"?

Drew O'Neall
54 Posted 08/08/2018 at 23:52:26
Andy @ 54

You're right to say the crux of the argument is the definition of ‘one of our own' but unfortunately you only reached that conclusion after you assumed ours were the same and spouted off. Never mind, you're there now!

As to what makes someone ‘one of our own' in your view, if not the laudable, humble and selfless gestures I highlight in my post @ 41, then I agree we have different definitions; however, to state that ‘playing for Everton' is enough for me, is a lie because I gave you my definition @ 41. That makes you the one who is ‘making things up' and by extension, somewhat of a hypocrite @ 54.

Finally, how is comparing disappointing comments on here, to those of unnamed contributors who might make comments which are beyond the pale generally, who I've grouped anonymously as ‘gobshites' in any way more offensive than your joining the thread to personally attack me? ‘Dire post', ‘wise up', ‘lamentable'.

Don't misunderstand me, I couldn't give two shits about your opinion; the point is that you can't cry foul on one hand when you only piped up to have a pop.

Perhaps the reason you were compelled to leap to the defence of the anonymous ‘gobshite' is because you identify him as ‘one of your own'???

Don Alexander
55 Posted 09/08/2018 at 00:24:25
Derek Knox (#49) says a great deal about what I thought of Bolasie when we signed him. Yes, he'd ripped us a new 'un pretty much every time we played Palace but across his time there his stats, when I read them after we signed him, really alarmed me.

I know he's suffered a heavy injury but even so to me he's simply showed that we either had a flaky defence when he was at mighty Palace (and various members of that defence are still in our squad) and/or the transfer policy since Moyes left has been pants in terms of top six finishes, not that is was much better when he was here, was it "Uncle" Bill?

Derek Thomas
56 Posted 09/08/2018 at 01:27:11
We over paid for him, thats not his fault, he was only average when he first came. He did his leg in, again not his fault but he was below average after that. The only fault will be The Club's if they don't take cash money for him if offered... it gives both a chance to move on.

I can't wait for the kick-off; it will give us something else to worry and moan about.

Jim Jennings
57 Posted 09/08/2018 at 07:45:00
Andy Crooks #53

You asked when did you use Bolasie’s salary as a stick to beat him with. Here’s your answer.

“He "always did his best"?!? Well, fucking good for him. On at least £50 or 60k A WEEK, I would like to think so.”

Youremphasise on “a week” is completely hypocritical to your previous stance per my original posts.

Your last three paragraphs on the same post are utter horse shite and of no relevance to anything in my post at #37. If anyone is making stuff up, it’s you in these three paragraphs.

Steavey Buckley
58 Posted 14/08/2018 at 21:19:10
Bolasie has gone from a very expensive acquisition with little footballing return to a player who will be worth 0 if he is allowed to go out on loan with Everton asked at the same time to subsidise his salary.
Ian Bennett
59 Posted 25/08/2018 at 11:11:45
He's gone to Villa, the clearout continues. Hopefully he has an agreed fee based on appearances.

Just Sandro left of first-team squad of unwanted players – and possibly U23s like Pennington, Browning etc who will go on loan.

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