According to latest reports, Everton are amidst a process of offloading 12 of their current players ahead of the 2018/19 season. Among the doomed dozen is Yannick Bolasie who is reportedly on the shortlist of Newcastle United for a possible move this summer.
The Toffees Director Of Football, Marcel Brands is working hand in hand with Marco Silva to clear out the wage books and start bringing in better and younger talents. The former PSV Eindhoven man wants to bring down the 38-player tally 25-30 in order to manage the club better.
This exact problem has plagued the club ever since Farhad Moshiri opened his chequebook for an unending spree of additions over the past two transfer windows. The £200m investment plan has not exactly returned the best of results as Everton finished the 2017/18 campaign, 9th in the League and was even in a relegation war earlier in the season.
Sam Allardyce’s expertise in this particular field helped the side revive their status as a top-half Premier League side. Otherwise, we might just have witnessed one of the world’s most expensive failures in the history of the game.
The former head coach featured Bolasie in 16 Premier League games last season in which the DR Congo international delivered just one goal and no assists. His long-awaited return from injury has not gone according to plan and the fans are really finding it hard to see the £25m they paid Crystal Palace 2 summers back.
Bolasie is now 29 and is yet to show signs of the attacking pedigree that he once was credited with at Selhurst Park. He is still tied to the club for another 3 seasons and is to undergo another adjustment period with the new boss, Marco Silva.
Currently, Everton are short staffed in the wing department with just Bolasie, Nikola Vlasic and Theo Walcott in the side but that might not stop the Portuguese boss from looking for more abler replacements. The Toffees are on an ambitious path of earning Champions League status and are also prepared to spend the necessary cash to do so.
Newcastle, on the other hand, are looking to bolster their own attack to help maintain their 10th place finish in the previous season. Rafael Benitez is yet to sign Kenedy on a permanent deal from Chelsea.
If a deal is not struck in the coming weeks, the veteran Goodison man can be a major target for the Spaniard to beef up his attack for the next term.