Neil Warnock has laid some of the blame for the last-minute collapse of Yannick Bolasie’s deadline-day move to Middlesbrough on the Everton winger and his agent.
The out-of-favour Toffees attacker looked set to join Boro on a season-long loan, with a deal close to being agreed before Friday’s 5pm cut-off.
However, problems emerged in the final hour of the window. FourFourTwo claims that while Middlesbrough’s hierarchy did their best to resolve the issues, it proved impossible to complete the loan in time.
Warnock was after more firepower after Ashley Fletcher was sidelined for up to four months with an ankle injury.
And the Boro chief admitted his frustration, following Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Reading.
Warnock said: “I’m disappointed that we didn’t get him, but that’s life. There were numerous things that happened in the afternoon and it just wasn’t meant to be. I’m disappointed, but you have to move on and we’ll see what happens now.
“He was disappointed, but he was partly to blame as well. There were things I should have known before four o’clock yesterday afternoon about his problems at Everton. They were problems that we couldn’t overcome. Well, we tried to, and eventually we did, but it was too late.
Agent miscommunication a big issue “I’ve asked him why I didn’t know about those problems beforehand. He said, ‘Well, I told my agent’, but I said, ‘Well why didn’t the bloody agent tell us that?’ The agent was talking to (chief executive) Neil (Bausor) quite a lot – he should have come up with these problems, not at four o’clock.”
Yannick Bolasie has vowed to get back to his very best - whether that's at Everton or elsewhere.
The winger insists he won't let his head drop despite being out of the picture at Goodison Park and remains motivated, saying: "Whenever I've been back into a corner, I've always thrived."
Bolasie doesn't feature in Carlo Ancelotti's plans and was told he could leave the club in the summer, a deadline day switch to Middlesbrough collapsing at the final stages because of what the winger described as an "error on all sides".
Bolasie has since been left out of Ancelotti's 25-man Everton squad, again highlighting the fact he has no future on Merseyside.
But the former Crystal Palace man says he still has a lot to offer and won't give up on his future. "I continue to keep working and to play and train to the best of my ability," he told Sky Sports. "That's what I'm doing right now.
"I'm not counting myself out, and I believe that eventually my talent will come out - wherever it's with and wherever I am. I believe in what I'm doing, and I feel I'm doing myself justice. "The way to stay positive is to always look for ways in which you can improve. What total distance can I get through in a week or in a session? Can I beat it next week? That's what motivates me still. This helps me stay ready in so many ways.
"Whenever I've been backed into a corner, I've always thrived," he adds. "I believe that whatever happens, I will come out stronger and will show everyone what I can still do. Even if there's just that one per cent chance of a move, I'm alive and kicking."
Yannick Bolasie is currently kicking his heels at Goodison Park. He was left out of Carlo Ancelotti’s 25 man Premier League squad for the first half of the season and is expected to move on this month.
The £3.15m rated DR Congo international, who spent last season on loan at Portuguese giants Sporting, would be available to Rangers on a pre-contract agreement now or he could sign a short-term deal with the carrot of an extended contract to be won.
Middlesbrough and Neil Warnock are known to be keen on the player but speaking recently, the veteran manager was coy on the possibility of a January move following the breakdown of a planned deal in October.
From the Liverpool Echo, Warnock said, “He’s (Bolasie) one of the names mentioned, and we are looking for a wide player that can contribute to some goals as well,”
“He’s one of those, and I obviously know him from my Palace days. I wouldn’t write him off, but at the same time, I wouldn’t say that he’s definitely going to be here either.”
One downside to a potential Ibrox deal is that Bolasie sees himself as a Premier League player and has gone on record to state this. After relatively unsuccessful loans, he is looking for his next club to be a permanent switch however the lure of potential Champions League football and silverware cannot be dismissed.
On January and his future, he said: “I want my next project to have long-term views. The problem when you go somewhere short-term is that it can be easy if things aren’t going well to just perform a clean sweep and you’re cast aside,” as reported by Teeside Live
“As for Middlesbrough, it depends on the long-term. You look and it’s clear that the short-term (aim) there is get to the Premier League. But if I’m only signing for six months, it just becomes another short-term again.”
“I don’t know if it’s 100% there now. Now it’s a totally different picture.”
“That was then, but it’s a different picture now and, at the end of the day, I see myself as a Premier League player.”
“So if there’s a chance to play and play somewhere in the Premier League I would have to look at it. Right now, we know of no Premier League interest, but there might be later on.”
“I’m just looking forward to it. If there’s a chance I can still go to Middlesbrough then I don’t know. I can’t tell the future. But, on my behalf, the things have to be right.
“It’s not just a case of, ‘ok, pack your bags and jump into this club like I have done the last three times’
“My fitness is fine and I’m ready to go. I’m ready to show I can play.”