Noel Whelan says that his heart bleeds for Yannick Bolasie after the Everton winger failed to secure a move to Middlesbrough on Deadline Day.
Middlesbrough were looking to bring in Bolasie before Friday’s 5pm deadline, after entering talks to sign the 31-year-old on loan.
Problems emerged in the final hour of the window, though, meaning that Boro were unable to get the paperwork in on time and register Bolasie as a Middlesbrough player.
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Furthermore, speaking to the Northern Echo, Neil Warnock admitted that Bolasie was partly to blame for the failure to get a deal over the line, for reasons he didn’t go into.
Bolasie will now return to Everton, with the wide-man completely out of favour under Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park.
Speaking to Football Insider, Noel Whelan says that his heart bleeds for Bolasie, after failing to secure a loan move to the Riverside and miss out on the opportunity of gaining regular game time.
He said: “He was desperate for that move – he was willing to take wage cuts and everything to try and push that move through.
“He’s been in the wilderness and out of the picture for so long now that this was a real good opportunity to go to a fantastic football club and get that football he desperately needed.
“He could have linked up there with good strikers that Middlesbrough already have. That would have been a really strong, powerful front three with Bolasie, Fletcher, Assombalonga.
“It would have been a fantastic move and he must be gutted. Maybe, hopefully he’s got that opportunity in January but what you just don’t want is any more setbacks during this time.”
It was a relatively quiet transfer window for Boro, who managed to bring in five new players over the course of the summer.
It’s a shame for Bolasie as Boro would have been an excellent move for him.
He isn’t going to get a game under Ancelotti this season unless a host of injuries occur, and at the age of 31, he needs to be playing regularly.
It’s interesting that he’s partly to blame for the failure to get a deal over the line, but it’s ultimately a shame for him.