By Dominic Toner
Tottenham defender DeAndre Yedlin has claimed that Crystal Palace midfielder Yannick Bolasie is the most difficult player he has faced in the Premier League.
Tottenham reportedly made an approach last week for the Congolese winger and were told he would cost £28million to be prized away from the club.
Right-back Yedlin has come up against some of the most high-profile names in the league but confessed Bolasie was the most challenging.
“He’s so unpredictable with what he’s gonna do,” Yedlin said, as quoted by The Croydon Advertiser. “You know in your head he’s gonna try to humiliate you. Technically, he’s one of the best I’ve ever played against and some of the things he can pull off with the ball are ridiculous.”
Tottenham have been linked with Bolasie and have been encouraged by the fact that he is settled in the capital and would prefer to stay put rather than move out of London.
The 27-year-old joined Palace from Bristol City in the summer of 2012 and has made 143 appearances for the Premier League club, scoring 13 goals and supplying 30 assists during his time.
The winger is known for his trickery on the ball and his high speed dribbling which has become so influential for Palace.
Following Andros Townsend’s switch to Selhurst Park this summer they could be tempted to cash in on Bolasie, but it would take a large sum from Tottenham to move him across London.
Mauricio Pochettino has already taken his summer spending beyond the £30million mark after signing forward Vincent Janssen for £18.8million, and midfield enforcer Victor Wanyama from Southampton for around £12million last month.