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Crystal Palace return could help Yannick Bolasie rediscover his best form

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Crystal Palace return could help Yannick Bolasie rediscover his best form

The 29-year-old left Selhurst Park back in 2016.

Reports this week in The Guardian claimed that Everton manager Marco Silva has deemed Yannick Bolasie surplus to requirements at Goodison Park and has opened the door for the winger to transfer to Crystal Palace.

The Congolese international should opt for a return to Selhurst Park, a move which could help Bolasie rediscover his best form in a setting he once thrived in.

The winger spent four memorable seasons at Crystal Palace, joining in 2012 and departing for Everton in 2016 for 25 million pounds.

Known for his outrageous skills, searing pace, and creative ability, Bolasie remains a fan favourite in south London and is well-loved by the Palace faithful.

His years in the Premier League with the Eagles were superb, with his  2014/15 and 2015/16 campaigns particularly catching the eye. In those two seasons, Bolasie scored an impressive nine goals and assisted a further 15, including a remarkable 11 assists in 2015/16.

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However, his big-money move to the Toffees has been less than ideal, as the winger has struggled for fitness and form. Although his time in Merseyside started decently enough with a goal and four assists in his first 13 league matches, a devastating knee injury suffered in December 2016 kept him out for an entire year.

Once Bolasie returned from injury in the second half of last season, he played 16 league matches and scored just one goal in that time. Factor in Everton’s purchase of Richarlison and the return of Ademola Lookman from loan, and it appears Bolasie is best served leaving Everton.

At 29 years of age, the winger would do well to stay within the Premier League and return to a place where has found tremendous success in the past. The familiar setting of Crystal Palace would work wonders for Bolasie’s damaged confidence, bringing the best out of the mercurial winger and returning him to his best form.

Palace are also in need of more wingers after the departures of Bakary Sako and Lee Chung-yong, and Yannick Bolasie would be an undisputed upgrade in a key position for the Eagles.

Max Cohen

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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