In the eyes of ex-Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is the perfect man to help Bolasie re-ignite the burning form he enjoyed at Crystal Palace
However, with Bolasie’s loan-spell at Sporting Lisbon now being prematurely terminated, just a year after he cut his stint at Aston Villa short, there is a question as to whether the embers of his Everton career have already died out.
So why have things gone so wrong for Bolasie? As Paul Robinson argues, we have seen his quality at Palace, and he also impressed during his loan move at Anderlecht netting six in 17 games.
But things have never got going for Bolasie in a Royal Blue jersey. Why?
Perhaps his big injury played a part. In December of his first season, way back in 2016, Bolasie ruptured his Cruciate Ligament and saw 370 days and 53 games pass whilst he recovered.
That is a huge knock for any player to overcome. Especially when so much change happens whilst you are gone.
In that time Ronald Koeman was fired, David Unsworth was caretaker manager and Sam Allerdyce was hired.
Let’s not forget some of the players who joined whilst he was sidelined, e.g. Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane, Sandro Ramirez, Cuco Martina, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney and Nikola Vlasic. Cheers, Steve Walsh.
In the time he was out he also saw Romelu Lukaku, any creative winger’s dream, leave the club.
So let’s be fair, he barely walked back into a vintage Everton team, in fact, he probably came back from injury at a time where our squad was at it’s most chaotic and its least balanced.
Now, this is not to say that I think the demise of Bolasie has completely been out of his hands.
In fact, before I starting writing this article, I attributed his failure at the club to laziness and a lack of quality.
However, with a £25 million price tag still to repay and a history of quality, perhaps Paul Robinson is right and Bolasie may be worth a gamble when football eventually restarts again.
Or perhaps I am just an eternal optimist who still thinks Muhamed Besic should start.