Middlesbrough fans are looking forward to seeing their new signing in action.
The club announced a deal on Thursday afternoon for Yannick Bolasie that will see the Everton man stay with the club on a loan deal until the end of the season.
Neil Warnock made it clear that he was looking for attacking reinforcements this month, and so there’s no doubt that he’ll be happy get the deal done.
However things may not be plain sailing over the coming months.
Here we take a look at three side-effects that could come from the deal to sign the 31-year-old.
A lack of fitness
Yannick Bolasie is a talented player but his condition is likely to be a concern.
It’s been almost one year since the 31-year-old winger played a first team match – something that he achieved during his loan spell with Sporting Lisbon.
After 12 months of no action it’s inevitable that it’s going to take some real time for the player to find his match sharpness – something that could prove troublesome given the length of his deal at the Riverside Stadium.
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Taking time to adapt
Fitness is one thing, but as we know Neil Warnock is incredibly demanding as a manager.
We’ve seen it with Patrick Roberts that if a player doesn’t fulfil the role that he needs to do as part of his tactical plan then the gaffer will have no hesitation in letting the player rot on the bench.
Bolasie has played for Warnock before which is a good omen, but only time will tell whether he has what it takes to fit into the manager’s masterplan.
Blocking the pathway for young players
Yannick Bolasie will certainly add quality to the ranks, but it could also be counter-productive as the club look to develop their young players.
The likes of Sam Folarin, Djed Spence, Hayden Coulson and Isaiah Jones are all players who are looking to establish themselves in those advanced roles on the wings, and the addition of the 31-year-old could make it more difficult for them to get gametime.
That said, winning games has to be the priority and Neil Warnock will be doing everything that he can in order to do just that.