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Three reasons Fulham should steer clear of Everton’s Yannick Bolasie

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Three reasons Fulham should steer clear of Everton’s Yannick Bolasie

The 29-year-old has been attracting interest away from Goodison Park.

Following the news of Richarlison’s reported transfer to Goodison Park, Yannick Bolasie looks to be on his way out of Everton.

According to the Liverpool Echo, there are a number of clubs interested in signing the 29-year-old winger, including Leicester City, Crystal Palace, Fenerbahce, and Fulham.

But Fulham should steer clear of acquiring the services of Bolasie, due to his injury record, his age, and their strong options on the left wing.

He has scored just one goal in the last year and a half

Bolasie suffered a terrible knee injury in the 2016/17 season that kept him out for over a year, and since recovering from the ligament damage he has not been his old self.

The Congolese international made 16 league appearances last season, yet struggled to find his old form and scored just one goal and recorded no assists in those matches.

Although he might benefit from a move to a club where he would play more often, it would prove a gamble too far for Fulham to splash the cash on Bolasie.

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He isn’t getting any younger

At 29 years of age, the attacker is probably past his footballing prime and his recent form has illustrated his decline.

Added to Fulham’s transfer policy that avoids signing outfield players above the age of 28, and Bolasie does not appear the type of transfer target the Whites would prioritise.

Ryan Sessegnon is the undisputed first choice left winger

The left wing position is undoubtedly Yannick Bolasie’s preferred position, as the attacker has played the vast majority of his Premier League matches in that role.

However, 18-year-old phenom Ryan Sessegnon occupies that position for the Cottagers and is one of the first names on the teamsheet.

In order for Bolasie to succeed at Fulham, he would either play out of position on the right wing or displace Sessegnon— two unlikely situations.

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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