Yannick Bolasie has completed a loan move from Everton to Aston Villa. Congolese international Bolasie has moved around much in his career.
Yannick Bolasie Completes Aston Villa Loan
Bolasie attracted attention first from Middlesbrough, with Steve Bruce from Aston Villa also said to be interested in the 29-year old winger.
Born in Lyon, France, Bolasie began his career with Rushden & Diamonds at the age of 16. He spent four months as a member of their youth team and had a spell with Hillingdon Borough. The youngster then moved back across Europe to play in Malta, before returning to England a year later, sporting a two-year contract with Plymouth Argyle.
Bolasie was soon on the move again, this time joining Dagenham & Redbridge on trial, with a view to a loan, before returning to Rushden & Diamonds on loan near the end of the year. However, he then returned to Argyle in January 2009.
From Barnet to Bristol
Since then, the nomadic but pacy winger has played for Barnet, where he impressed manager Paul Mariner, where he stayed for two seasons, leaving the club when Peter Reid took over.
Bolasie was transferred to Bristol City on 6 June 2011 for an undisclosed fee and signed a two-year contract. He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 win against Coventry City on 9 April 2012.
Just over a year later, in August 2012, he signed a three-year contract with Crystal Palace, again for an undisclosed fee. He made his debut in a 2–1 defeat at Middlesbrough, scoring his first goal for Palace in a 5–0 home win against Ipswich Town. There he remained, signing a new three-and-a-half year deal early in the 2015–16 season.
However, he was on the move again in 2017, this time to Merseyside joining Everton for a reported fee of £25 million. He progressed well until a cruciate ligament injury sidelined him for a year.
Bolasie was eligible to represent France, England and The Democratic Republic of Congo, choosing the latter. In January 2013 whilst playing for Crystal Palace, Bolasie rejected the chance to represent DR Congo in the 2013 African Nations Cup.
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