The curious case of Yannick Bolasie. Former Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce brought the 29-year-old winger in over the summer on what was supposed to be a season long loan deal from Everton.
He has a couple of moments in our shirt, scoring twice and providing four assists in his nine starting appearances and 12 substitute showings, but it certainly wasn’t a successful spell and in January both parties agreed to part company and he returned to Goodison Park stating a desire to compete for a place under Marco Silva – he then subsequently made an almost immediate loan move out to Anderlecht for the second half of the campaign.
With Villa preparing for our Championship Play-Off Final clash with Derby County, as his loan came to an end out in Belgium, Bolasie took to Instagram to send a message and he had words of kindness for us.
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From having no preseason to finishing off my 2018/19 campaign 38+ games completed. I want to thank all Aston Villa, Anderlecht & Everton fans for their support and encouragement throughout my comeback season. I feel like I am finally in Control of my body again with my match confidence growing immensely game by game. I would like to thank Everton, Aston Villa & Anderlecht Coaching staff/ Physios for their patience and care during my time at the respected clubs. It’s been a mix of emotions, especially on how the season has finished at Anderlecht, missing out on a europa league place. But I feel it’s important to thank the supporters for their incredible support throughout the season and playoffs. One of the most important seasons in my career and I can't thank everyone enough for helping me get through it. A big thankyou to everyone at Everton FC, especially those behind the scenes who looked after me through a nightmare injury. In regards to Aston Villa, I had a great time at the club with some exceptional support from the pride. Leaving in January was a difficult decision for me to make, but my admiration and respect for the club is ingrained in me forever. I’d like to wish Aston Villa the best of luck in the playoff finals, as they certainly deserve to be back in the premier league where they rightfully belong! Yala ????
It’s a shame the loan deal didn’t work out, but his fans in our fanbase will be delighted with his message – I expect his detractors will as well.