Sky Sports Scout - Yannick Bolasie

Sky Sports Scout is where we scour the globe looking for the best talent. Next up is Yannick Bolasie.

Last Updated: 21/05/14 at 11:39

We run the rule over Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie

Sky Sports Scout is our exciting feature where we scour the globe looking out for the best talent and bring you a report on what we find.

Our Scout will report back and you can comment on what you think of our appraisal.

Scout Facts:

NAME: Yannick Bolasie
AGE: 23 (24th May, 1989)
BORN: Lyon, France
POSITION: Winger
CLUB: Crystal Palace
FACTS: Could still play for three nations (England, France & DR Congo)

Sky Sports Scout Ratings:

0-10 - No hoper
11-20 - Should look elsewhere
21-30 - Might not make it
31-40 - Has work to do
41-50 - Keep an eye on him
51-60 - Great prospect
61-70 - On his way to the top
71-80 - Already World-class

Also, in association with Football Manager, we give all readers the chance to win a copy of the latest game by nominating a player.

You can only nominate a player by emailing here, including the word 'Scout' in your subject line and please check to make sure we have not already covered the player.

Should your player get reviewed by our scout, and you were first to send in his name, then you will win a copy of Football Manager 2013.

You can also now interact with the scout via his all new Twitter feed! You can get in touch with him and interact here or just search for @skysportsscout!

Latest under our scout's gaze is Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie

The scout reports...

Even with Manchester United-bound Wilfried Zaha on the opposite flank at Crystal Palace - Yannick Bolasie has emerged as one of biggest talents outside the Premier League.

It is fair to say a few eyebrows were raised when Palace snapped up Bolasie from Bristol City in the summer - few thought he would be a first-team regular.

But not only has he made a first-team place his own, he has emerged as one of the Championship's top performers this term, and even on many occasions out shining England international Zaha.

Bolasie's own story is an interesting one. French-born to parents from DR Congo, he moved to London before he was one and was raised in Croydon.

His talents were obvious from an early age and he was soon playing for Rushden & Diamonds (in the league at this time) in their youth set-up - but his first real taste of action came with Hillingdon Borough.

His career then took a slightly unusual switch as a friend recommended him to a club in Malta and he began his professional career with Floriana - where he spent a full season.

He was soon offered a trial back in England with Plymouth - he impressed and earned a two-year deal. But he spent the next couple of seasons on loan at Barnet and did not make his debut for the Pilgrims until 2010 - but he soon became a firm fans' favourite.

His former at Home Park saw Bristol City snap him up in 2011 and his rapid progression continued at a pace and after just 12-months at Ashton Gate he was already on the move with Palace quick to bring him in.

Bolasie's progress at Selhurst Park has been spectacular - he has been a regular all season and has impressed at every turn. Many clubs are know to have turned up to check on Zaha earlier in the year, but have since returned glowing reports on Bolasie instead.

Indeed Bolasie's name is already been linked with a move to the Premier League - and why not? He seemingly has everything that the £15million Zaha has, indeed you could argue more.

Bolasie is very similar to Zaha in terms of stature and his general play. Two footed, he can play on either side - but he is quicker.

Despite being 23, Bolasie has 200 league games under his belt and his own-field maturity does show - and it is clear to see why he has played such a big part in Palace's season.

With a vicious shot, Bolasie does have rough edges - but so many have been smoothed out in the past 12 months, which has enhanced his progress.

DR Congo are desperate for Bolasie to commit to them, and it is very easy to see why as both England and France have no doubt been alerted to his progress .

The scout says...

A real talent who has seemingly come from nowhere - having already lost Zaha, seemingly Palace need to book promotion to stop Bolasie following him to the Premier League.

Is clearly performing well under Ian Holloway - but a 23, he could already be ready for the top-flight.

The Scout rating...

Shooting: 7 out of 10

Passing: 8 out of 10

Tackling: 6 out of 10

Heading: 6 out of 10

Pace: 9 out of 10

Vision: 8 out of 10

Current ability: 8 out of 10

Potential ability: 10 out of 10

OVERALL SCOUT RATING:62/80

Current value: £5million

Potential value: £20million

Your opinion...

You have read our opinion of Yannick Bolasie - now we want your views. Have you seen Bolasie in action? Do you agree with our assessment? Do you think he will make it?

Get in touch, either using the form below, email or the scout's Twitter feed - @skysportsscout

And if you have spotted anyone you think we should feature then please get in touch using the same form. We will look to send out the Scout to follow up your leads.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

hump3.
Van Gaal: 'I struggle for first three months'

H

e will be the England left back for ten years or more, and then you will have to thank MUFC for that. *smiles*

london saint
Shaw: Criticism spot on

P

urely because of that little diva moment he had last night, I don't want him coming to my club. DESTROYED ? Grow up and give something back to the club that helped put you up there on the world stage.

bale doubt
Saints' Schneiderlin stalemate

Footer 365

Liverpool beat Manchester City after a Yankee Stadium penalty shoot-out

Liverpool beat Premier League rivals Manchester City on penalties after a 2-2 draw in a pre-season friendly in New York.

Brendan Rodgers positive after Liverpool beat Manchester City in New York

Brendan Rodgers was in a positive spirits after watching Liverpool beat Manchester City on penalties in New York.

Diego Costa gets two assists in Chelsea's 3-1 win over Vitesse Arnhem

Diego Costa set up two goals as Chelsea beat Vitesse Arnhem 3-1 in the Netherlands on Wednesday night.

Mail Box

Divock Origi Is Like Connor Sammon (Sort Of)

One Mailboxer inserts his tongue into cheek to offer his thoughts on Liverpool's newest signing. Plus thoughts on league-owned clubs, badges, and swearing...

Mails Come From A Land Down Under

We have an example of league-owned clubs from Australia while Kiwi boys want more respect for refs. Plus, Van Gaal won't stick with 3-5-2 and worried if Koeman will cut it...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property