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Neil Warnock has confirmed that a move for Yannick Bolasie is set to be completed, according to the Northern Echo.
The Everton man has fallen way down the pecking order at Goodison Park and it seems that a move to Middlesbrough is on the cards as he looks to get his career back on track.
There’s no doubt that the winger will add a really exciting element to Warnock’s squad, but is the 31-year-old a good addition?
The team at FLW have their say…
It’s quite the U-turn from Warnock, but I guess he did promise us that last week!
Look, I think Bolasie is a good player and he’s going to be a big hit on Teesside.
He’s got that sort of X-Factor that Neil Warnock looks for in a player. Of course, he doesn’t have too many of those, but he always likes to have one in his squad to provide the magic whilst they keep things tight at the other end of the pitch.
Warnock has had him on the radar for some time and it’s good to see the deal looks like going ahead.
It’s shrewd business and a great reaction to a couple of transfer setbacks.
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I like this.
Boro need to freshen up their attacking options and Bolasie provides a real unique, different option to what the club have already.
Of course, the winger has struggled for game-time over the last season and may be a little off the pace initially, but if Warnock can get Bolasie fully fit and firing, he could be a real weapon for them.
When on song, Bolasie is a real dangerous attacker with him utilising his trickery and strong dribbling ability to evade opposition defences – Boro don’t really have many wingers who are willing to take on their man.
Warnock got the best out of Bolasie during their time together at Palace which is a positive sign, and the Boro boss has even hinted at using Bolasie up-front like Antonio at West Ham, which is interesting.
He’s an unpredictable talent that does have the ability to unlock defences, it’s just whether Boro can get him up to speed.
I get the feeling it could be a case of time will tell with this one.
Warnock has obviously been keen to bolster his attacking options this month, while Bolasie has been something of a long-term target for Middlesbrough it would seem.
In that sense, the club will no doubt be pleased to get this over the line, and Bolasie’s top-flight pedigree in a position they are seemingly keen to strengthen in, could certainly be an asset for ‘Boro if he can show why he has played at such a high level while he is at the Riverside.
However, I do think there has to be some concerns about Bolasie’s situation ahead of this move. Given he has not played at all for Everton this season, there may be some questions as to whether he has the match sharpness and fitness to quickly make an impact at ‘Boro, and if he doesn’t, or it takes him some amount of time to get up to that level, it could risk becoming something of a waste of a signing.