Yannick Bolasie

Yannick Bolasie

Born 24 May 1989 (Age 19 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #310)

Total appearances 10

(7 League, 3 FA Trophy)


22 November 2008 (Home Eastbourne Borough)

Final game:

10 January 2009 (Away Torquay United)

Yannick was born in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and his family moved to England when he was seven months old. His father had played international football for the Democratic Republic of Congo and his cousin is former Newcastle and Portsmouth player Lomano LuaLua. He was brought up in London, but his football career began at the age of 16 with Diamonds youth set up. He only spent around four months with Diamonds before moving to Hillingdon Borough and then to Maltese side Floriana in the summer of 2007. He returned to the UK, and had a successful trial with Plymouth Argyle signing a two year contract despite offers from Austrian side Sturm Graz and German club Hoffenheim.

Yannick joined Diamonds on 21st November 2008 on loan from Plymouth until January 2009 and he made his Diamonds debut in the 2-0 win over Eastbourne Borough the following day. His loan period was extended for a further month at the start of January 2009 but he returned to Plymouth on 22nd January.

Yannick Bolasie slides in to tackle Scott Laird

He immediately went out on loan again, this time to Barnet where he remained until the end of the season. He returned to Barnet at the start of the 2009/2010 season for a half season loan, returning to Plymouth Argyle on 8 January 2010. On 6 June 2011, he was transferred to Championship side Bristol City for an undisclosed fee. After just 1 goal in 25 games during the season, mainly as a substitute, Yannick handed in a transfer request and joined Championship side Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee on 24 August 2012 on a three year deal. He helped the Eagles to gain promotion to the Premier League in 2014. He moved to Everton early in the 2016-17 season but picked up a serious injury three months later. He returned at the end of the 2017-18 season, but was then allowed to go on a season long loan with Aston Villa in the Championship for the 2018-19 season. That loan was ended in January 2019, and he went to Anderlecht for the remainder of the season. For the 2019-20 season he went on loan to Sporting CP in Portugal. In 2021 he joined the Turkish Club Çaykur Rizespor. His Wikipedia page is here.


2008/2009 – squad number 32



Eastbourne B(H)



Altrincham (A)



Barrow (H)



Woking (A)



Newport Co (A)



Newport Co (H)

as sub



Northwich Vic (H)

as sub



Stevenage B (A)

as sub



Stevenage B (H)



Torquay Utd (A)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: