A social media misdemeanour from Yannick Bolasie has jeopardised the adored winger’s revered status amongst the Crystal Palace supporters and fuelled formerly-simmering speculation that he will be leaving Selhurst Park this summer.
The Congolese speedster made the boneheaded move of favouriting a tweet linking him with a transfer to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, with Lilywhites misfit Emmanuel Adebayor moving in the opposite direction as collateral.
Whether it’s the idea of being deemed more valuable to Spurs than a such a high-roller as the Togolese striker that Bolasie likes, or the prospect of moving to White Hart Lane in general is unclear, but it’s difficult to envisage the Palace faithful taking too kindly to such actions.
The 26-year-old earned all manner of plaudits for his high-octane performances last season, where he blended his laudable work ethic with a new-found level of quality that brought four goals and six assists.
If improving upon this commendable effort next term is an aspiration of Bolasie’s, Spurs is the one place he must avoid.
Transfer business between the north Londoners and their Croydon counterparts rarely ends well for the players at the heart of the transactions.
Chris Armstrong aside, those to have swapped Eagles red and blue for Spurs white in recent years have flopped in emphatic fashion, so if Bolasie wants to avoid becoming 21st century incarnations of the following former Palace assets, he’d be better of spurning any potential overtures from Mauricio Pochettino.
Billed as a future fat cat of English football, Bostock was crow-barred out of the Selhurst Park academy for £700,000.
The Eagles were outraged by the substandard nature of the compensation they received at the time, but after a spectacular failure to convert a modicum from his mounds of potential into anything useful (epitomised by the fact the 23-year-old now turns out for Belgian second-tier play-off winners OH Leuven) the fee represents fantastic business on the selling club’s behalf.
Signed upon Palace’s 2004/05 Premier League relegation, the journeyman winger was afforded five appearances to prove himself at Spurs either side of loan spells at Portsmouth and Fulham before being moved on to Aston Villa.
The Eagles’ current boss proves that even those Selhurst favourites who don’t go to Spurs directly from Palace are destined for a hard time.
The White Hart Lane outfit signed Pardiola from Charlton on loan in 1995, four years after the Addicks had taken him off Palace’s books and, although, he was picked to play in just four matches, he managed to find a way onto the pitch for Spurs’ biggest ever defeat– an 8-0 Intertoto Cup battering at the hands of 1.FC Koln.
But it’s not just those moving from south to north who are afflicted.
Once-promising defender Zeki Fryers, goalkeeper Chris Day and rent-a-striker Jonathan Obika all lowered their stock with Palace after being either signed or loaned from Spurs, with former Eagles skipper Dean Austin the exception that proves the rule.