Scott Dann has firm words for Crystal Palace after Bolasie sale

Crystal Palace's Scott Dann

The winger moved to Everton for big money on Monday, and the Eagles skipper made it clear what the Londoners should do next.

Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie and Fulham's Kevin McDonald challenge for the ballCrystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie and Fulham's Kevin McDonald challenge for the ball

Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann has urged the club to invest in finding a quality replacement for recently departed attacking star Yannick Bolasie, in comments appearing in the Evening Standard.

The skilful winger finally completed his move to Goodison Park after weeks of rumours linking him to the Toffees, and the South Londoners have to bring in an attacking replacement according to the Dann.

“Every club want to keep their best players but sometimes, depending on the money, you can’t help that,” Dann is quoted as telling the Standard hours before Bolasie completed his move.

“Sometimes players move on. It is swings and roundabouts. If someone like Yannick was to leave then we would have to replace him with another quality player.

Crystal Palace's Scott Dann speaks with Martin KellyCrystal Palace's Scott Dann speaks with Martin Kelly

“He’s a top player. He’s someone who we’ve counted on - he’s been a really good player for this club. Football players leave whether you like it or not. You have to get on with it and replace them.”

Alan Pardew may claim the Eagles have already signed a replacement for the 27-year-old in Andros Townsend, and though the England international may offer an attacking threat with his direct dribbling and shooting, he will be hard pushed to replace the Democratic Republic of Congo international, arguably one of the most unpredictable and entertaining players in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie celebrates scoring their first goal with manager Alan PardewCrystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie celebrates scoring a goal with manager Alan Pardew

But Dann clearly feels the quality his now former teammate offered Palace is something that has to be ploughed back into the squad, and the money the club received should give Pardew the opportunity to do just that. Bolasie spent four seasons at Selhurst Park after arriving from Bristol City in 2012 for what the Guardian report was a tiny £350,000 fee, and with reports the winger has moved for £25 million (BBC Sport) it looks like all parties have done well out of the deal.

He played a variety of positions during his time at the club, and though Palace are now flush with cash, there are reports that Pardew is targeting either Moussa Sissoko or a proven centre forward such as Christian Benteke, to come in for Bolasie (Guardian).  

Aston Villa's Alan Hutton in action with Newcastle's Moussa SissokoAston Villa's Alan Hutton in action with Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko

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