By Graham Hill
YANNICK Bolasie has revealed it was ‘difficult’ to leave Aston Villa in January.
The Everton winger was brought in by former boss Steve Bruce last summer as a high profile loan signing,
But by the time the winter window opened, Bolasie had decided he wanted to move back to Goodison Park.
Everton then loaned him out to Belgian side Anderlecht. And while he will miss out on a Play-off final appearance at Wembley, it could be argued that any wages being used to pay Bolasie could have helped boss Dean Smith bring in fans favourite Tyrone Mings from Bournemouth.
Bolasie managed just two goals and five assists in 21 games during a turbulent first half of the season for Villa.
But the Lyon-born player took to Instagram to send his best wishes to Villa ahead of the clash with Derby.
And he spoke of his ‘admiration and respect’ for the club.
Bolasie, 29, posted: “I want to thank all Aston Villa, Anderlecht and Everton fans for their support and encouragement throughout my comeback season.
“In regards to Aston Villa, I had a great time at the club with some exceptional support from the pride.
“Leaving in January was a difficult decision for me to make, but my admiration and respect for the club is ingrained in me forever.”