Arsenal legend Thierry Henry told Sky Sports News during their deadline day coverage yesterday that he feels Crystal Palace have missed winger Yannick Bolasie.
Henry appeared after the 5pm slot and was quizzed by Sky on the impact of Wilfried Zaha’s permanent move to the club but he quickly switched focus to his Palace teammate.
Bolasie has been away with the Democratic Republic of Congo for the African Cup of Nations and Henry feels he will give Alan Pardew’s side a boost when he returns to the line-up.
“Also Bolasie is very important for them – They have missed him,” said the former Gunner.
Bolasie has one goal and three assists so far this season but he offers Alan Pardew plenty of pace and he’s also versatile.
He can play down either side of the pitch and can hog the touchline or cut inside to get involved in the play centrally.
However, whether Henry’s point over the club missing him is valid is debatable.
Palace have been on a great run of form in January with four wins on the bounce before defeat to Everton last weekend.
That included a home win against Tottenham Hotspur as well as away wins against Burnley and Southampton, which have helped the side up to seventh place now nine points away from the top half of the table.
The results are partly due to the effect of having a new manager in Alan Pardew and while there’s no doubt that Bolasie will provide extra pace and an attacking threat to the team, Palace have certainly showed they can cope without him.