Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has said that winger Yannick Bolasie opted to end his loan spell at Villa Park early on to try and push his way back into the Premier League after failing to live up to his own expectations throughout the first half of the season.
Earlier this week, Aston Villa announced the departure of Everton winger Yannick Bolasie after he opted to cut his loan spell short to return to the Premier League outfit.
Smith has said that Bolasie decided to return to Everton early on because he failed to perform to the best of his ability in his 21 games playing for Villa. He failed to live up to expectations under Smith and was often used off the bench after Steve Bruce’s departure.
“I spoke to Yannick after the game on Saturday and again on Sunday, he feels as though he’s a little bit off where he wanted to be,” Smith told the club’s YouTube channel.
“He probably needed a little bit more sprint work and felt that it was in his best interests to go back to Everton.
“He’s a great lad and he’s created some assists for us but probably didn’t impact the games over 90 minutes as much as he would have liked, and we all would have liked.
“We must remember that he came here after an ACL operation and was looking to regain his fitness, which he’s got now, and he’s building up his body and managing his body to get ready for games.
“We wish him well for the future but we have to move on to our future now.
“He showed periods of the class that he’s got, just not as consistent as he would have liked, hence him ‘recalling’ himself.
“He’s a good lad and I’ll miss him around the place because he was a really good character, but that’s what happens in football.
“He felt that it was time to go back and try and push his way into the Premier League.”