Date: 21st January 2019 at 5:37pm
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Earlier this evening Aston Villa confirmed that on loan winger Yannick Bolasie had now returned to parent club Everton.

The 29-year-old came in late on in the August transfer window and whilst plenty of fans were happy with his arrival given his form at Crystal Palace, the fact he hadn’t really set Goodison Park alight did worry plenty of others – and there were concerns over his fitness.

Nine starting appearances later and 12 substitute showings did return two goals and he also chipped in with four assists, but with Andre Green appearing to show more in the last match than Bolasie has managed in his more recent games, few fans are sad to see him move on.

Glimpses of what he can do yes, but with the nonsensical reports we were covering all of his wage, even at 50% which sounds more logical, it’s still a fair whack in terms of an outlay and few fans disagree with head coach Dean Smith’s words about loans – now we have to see more of a pivot to our own youth so we really start developing them properly.

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2 Replies to “Positive Villa Move As Player Returns To Parent Club – “Time To Unload The Baggage””

  • I think this is a good move for the club as he really hasn’t performed and as we have André Green back at B6 this is part of Smiths philosophy of blooding the youngsters. If we are to get out of this league we need to rely on players that are contracted to the club. Loan deals are all right short term but we need to plan for the future. Also by giving the youngsters a chance it will put pressure on some of the older players who currently are not performing. We will have to see how things pan out.

  • Bolasie seemed to be part of Bruce’s doubling up recruitment plan – 2 keepers (Nyland & Moreira), 2 wingers (Bolasie/El Ghazi), probably with the thinking one out of two had more chance of coming off. Perhaps that’s harsh, but the whole papering the cracks loan plan for this season looked ill thought through and rather rushed to me.

    Bolasie hardly pulled up trees and can hardly be viewed as having been good value for money. In all honesty, only Abraham has been a clear success from the summer crop of loanees, although Tuanzebe was performing reasonably well prior to injury.

    It looks as though decisions on those with expiring contracts in 2019 will be made in February. I would expect 5 or 6 should move on come the summer.

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