Jose Mourinho should make January swoop for Yannick Bolasie

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Since signing from Bristol City in 2012, Yannick Bolasie has become a hit in the Premier League for Crystal Palace - attracting attention from other clubs since his top flight success began.

Bolasie featured for Palace in their 1-0 win over Southampton on Saturday, picking up a well-deserved man of the match award and assisting team mate Yohan Cabaye in their only goal of the game.

The DR Congo international has only netted 11 goals in 128 appearances for Palace but what he produces on the ball makes up for the lack of goalmouth action. His pace and sheer determination to beat players are attributes all full-backs fear and the 26-year old has quickly won over the Palace faithful with his talent on the pitch.


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Currently sitting 16th in the league, Chelsea have been lacking creativity from their top players and, therefore, have struggled in front of goal this season.

Attacking midfield has been the Blues' strongest position in recent seasons however, this year has told a very different story.

One of their most inconsistent performers has been Oscar, the Brazilian international has only managed to bag one goal and not a single assist in nine appearances so far.

After picking up Chelsea’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year award for the 2014-2015 season, Belgian international Eden Hazard had high expectations resting on his shoulders going into this campaign.

Despite featuring in every Premier League game, the 24-year old has only managed to accumulate two assists and remains without a goal this season - leaving the Blues’ fans unsatisfied with the way their ‘best player’ has been playing.

Following his move from Barcelona in the summer, Spain international Pedro has also failed to impress in the forward role for Chelsea, netting just once in his 11 league games and providing one assist for the Blues. This lack of consistency in the Chelsea attacking line calls for a change after the busy Christmas period and that’s where Bolasie comes in.

Bolasie has scored four goals this season, two more than Hazard, Oscar and Pedro put together and has accumulated one assist and 35 shots for Palace.

However, it’s his desire to skip past defenders and his fancy footwork that the supporters adore - increasing the Eagles’ firepower.

Bolasie can boost Chelsea’s attacking threat and will give striker Diego Costa a better option when he has the ball at his feet.

With his quick movement and intelligent build-up play, Bolasie could bring the best out of Loic Remy, Costa and Rademel Falcao for the remainder of the season.

Chelsea's biggest stumbling block for any deal for the in-form midfielder is price - he unlikely to come cheaply to Stamford Bridge.

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