Cascarino compares Crystal Palace reliance on Yannick Bolasie to Tottenham with Harry Kane

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

Tony Cascarino believes Crystal Palace rely too much on Yannick Bolasie.

Pundit Tony Cascarino has told the Irish Sun that he thinks Crystal Palace rely on Yannick Bolasie more than Tottenham rely on Harry Kane.

Palace have struggled in the Premier League of late, picking up just three points in their last nine games to leave them just eight points clear of the relegation zone.

However, manager Alan Pardew received a timely boost on Sunday, as his side beat title contenders Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in the FA Cup, as Martin Kelly's first half winner stunned White Hart Lane.

Pardew would receive more great news though, as star winger Yannick Bolasie made his return from two months out injured, coming on as as 76th minute substitute against Spurs.

The DR Congo international has been one of Palace's key players since their promotion to the Premier League in 2013, terrorising wingers with his devastating combination of power and pace out wide.

However, Bolasie suffered a leg injury against Stoke City back in December - the last time Palace won in the Premier League - and there seems to be a clear connection between their winless run and Bolasie's absence.

Now he's back Palace can start to look forward - but pundit Tony Cascarino has told The Sun that he thinks Palace rely far too much on Bolasie.

Cascarino compared the situation to Tottenham's reliance on Harry Kane, suggesting that they rely on Bolasie more than any other Premier League team rely on one player - and his injury was the clear reason for their poor recent form.

"Every year we watch a few clubs and say, ‘If he was missing, how would they do?’," said Cascarino. "Last year and to a lesser extent this season, we wondered how Spurs could cope without Harry Kane and I’d say Tottenham are pleased they haven’t had to find out yet."

"But the team that relies on one player more than any other is Crystal Palace and Congo ace Yannick Bolasie. Since he suffered an injury on December 19, Palace have fallen off a cliff," he added.

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