Just under two weeks ago, Yannick Bolasie left Crystal Palace for Everton for a club record £25m fee.
At the time, many fans were disappointed, upset and bemused about what had gone on but in an interview Palace manager, Alan Pardew, claimed that Bolasie’s heart and soul were no longer with the club so he had to leave.
Yesterday, two weeks down the line, Tottenham made a £12m bid (plus £2m addons) for Wilfred Zaha which was immediately rejected by the club.
Last night Crystal Palace chairman, Steve Parish, went on Talksport to claim that Zaha will not leave this transfer window, no matter what the bid. He went on to say that the player’s head has been turned and that the player is unhappy at the club and wants to leave.
So, what is the difference between the Yannick Bolasie and Wilfred Zaha situations? Both were unhappy, both wanted to leave and both had been subjected to bids from ‘bigger clubs’ but in the case of Zaha, a Champions League club.
I could be vulgar and say the difference is money. Bolasie was sold for £25m, rising to £30m whereas Spurs bid £12m, rising to £14m.
Quite frankly the Spurs bid was a bloody insult, but that aside what are the differences?
Zaha is unhappy. He wants to leave. His heart and soul are not with the club. If all things are consistent it indicates he will leave either sooner, in this window or later in January when we have had the chance to find a replacement.