In the summer window, Aston Villa managed to capture the signature of highly rated Everton winger Yannick Bolasie. We beat reported competition from Premier League and rival Championship clubs such as Middlesbrough for his services. But the Congo international has yet to make his first start for Villa.
It was clear from the off that he wouldn’t be match fit to start with and we would have to be patient for him to make an impact. Bolasie’s first appearance came as a substitute in the 1-1 draw at Ewood Park against Blackburn. His electric pace and ability to beat opposition defenders was something to be excited about. Since then he has made 10 substitute appearances but is he know giving Dean Smith food for thought? Is the winger ready to start?
Should Smith start Bolasie?
In our recent game against Derby County, Smith started with Jonathan Kodjia on the left-hand side. Don’t get me wrong, I thought Kodjia was great. Despite missing a few sitters, I felt he held the ball up well and is looking more of a team player in possession.
Bolasie replaced Kodjia and within minutes he whipped a pearl of a cross and we found ourselves 0-1 ahead. The 29-year-old beat the full-back and cross the ball with his weaker left foot, straight onto John McGinn’s head.
There were a few instances in which Bolasie skinned Derby‘s defenders and to be honest, made them look silly. We have a great player on our hands and are paying a huge amount for his services. He looks match fit so surely it is time to give him more time on the pitch?
His speed can assist him in latching on to almost any pass coming from those playing behind him. He has scored two goals and 1 assist so far this season so hopefully, he can build on that tally. If he tires late on then we can look to replace him.
Do you think Kodjia should keep his place in the starting 11? Or is it time for Bolasie to given his shot?
Let me know what you think in the comments section.