Might be my brain making stuff up again but was this his final year? Would be so pointless to lose him on a free if so. I'm surprised clubs like Palace didn't fancy a punt instead of Bolasie, seemed suited to the English game.
Maybe it's him who wants to go abroad, but he's come from central America, been to France, Spain, Greece and now Portugal in search of game time, as far as I know his only bad spell was supposedly Villareal, and no player is a hit at every club. This guy is clearly a grafter who's a decent all rounder. Certainly PL quality, really expected more than Sporting from him tbh.
What's underrated about him is his impact. We've seen enough shit cup performances in the last 5 years from supposed senior players in the second string who are good on paper but just can't bring it when they've been on the bench for months. He was ready to go every time we needed him. Used right he could have been valuable.