He represented France at every level from Under-17 to Under-21 and reckons Everton can provide the springboard for him to make the final jump. He leaves Watford after 17 goals in 141 appearances for the Championship club. Meulan-en-Yvelines, Position: Doucoure made his first Everton appearances four days after signing and was joined in the team which won 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur by fellow debutants James Rodriguez and Allan. You can tell that he’s up with the play because he is always the first to celebrate with a goalscorer. Q&A: What will Abdoulaye Doucouré bring to Everton? Doucouré was born in Meulan-en-Yvelines,[3] to Malian parents, his cousin Ladji Doucouré is a French track and field athlete. Everton have agreed a deal with Watford for midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure that could be worth up to £25m. € * Jan 1, 1993 in Meulan-en-Yvelines, France Towering midfielder Doucoure is in line for his first Merseyside derby on Saturday after joining Everton from Watford last month. His distance-covered numbers were always high, and his body language suggested that he was frustrated rather than disinterested. Abdoulaye Doucouré, 27, from Mali Everton FC, since 2020 Central Midfield Market value: €25.00m * Jan 1, 1993 in Meulan-en-Yvelines, France Abdoulaye Doucouré 81 - live prices, in-game stats, comments and reviews for FIFA 20 Ultimate Team FUT. “To have people talking about Everton is very good for us and the Club deserves it. Date of birth/Age: He made his debut in the Ligue 1 during the 2012–2013 season having come through their youth system. Abdoulaye Doucoure wants to mature into “a great player” with Everton – and insists the depth of his welcome to the Club was a “happy surprise”. France U21. [15], In February 2020, Doucouré said in an interview that he was targeting a place in the France national team but he also remained open to represent the Mali national team. Sometimes trying to do the jobs of the other guys. “It is a great city and the people are really nice. Playing in a midfield two next to Nathaniel Chalobah, and then Etienne Capoue, suited him best. Join the discussion or compare with others! Doucoure details how he was spurred to succeed in his youth by the prospect of providing for his mum and dad and seven siblings and extended family in his parents’ African homeland of Mali. At his best he is everywhere, recovering the ball on the edge of his own box one minute and making a run into the other the next. That said, his best season for Watford (2017-18) was when Marco Silva and then Gracia used a 4-2-3-1 shape more often than not, so there should be no issue if Carlo Ancelotti switches things up. Jan 1, 1993 (27), Place of birth: In March 2019, It was alleged that Doucouré was approached by the Mali FA over representing the African country at international level. “The fans are amazing and everyone who runs this club is great. Everton’s midfield continued to take shape as Abdoulaye Doucouré joined the club from Watford FC on Tuesday.. “Everton is a big club and a great platform for me to reach the national team – but I have to work hard and have the right mentality," said Doucoure. Those goals crystallised with a transfer to Goodison and his integral position in manager Carlo Ancelotti’s progressive and resourceful Everton team. Doucouré was a stand-out performer for Watford during the club's struggles under Javi Gracia and Quique Flores in recent years. There are weaknesses, though, and we saw the worst of them last season. Club career Rennes. Adam: Doucouré performed excellently in a 4-4-2 under Javi Gracia in the 2018-19 season. By the end of last season, he’d lost his way completely and was often responsible for attacks falling down as he dithered in possession and misplaced passes, though that was partly down to playing in that advanced role. He made his debut in the Ligue 1 during the 2012–2013 season having come through their youth system.. Watford. He doesn’t have the mercurial ability to play as a number ten, and the team’s confidence and mentality was shattered to the extent that his wastefulness in possession became a big issue. View Abdoulaye Doucouré profile on Yahoo7 Sports. On 1 February 2016, Doucouré signed to Premier League side Watford for an undisclosed fee and immediately sent him to La Liga club Granada CF on loan. A series of small heart attacks disguised as a football match. “Players already here, like Seamus Coleman, Dom [Calvert-Lewin], Tom Davies and Fabian Delph are great guys and really helped me settle. Scoring seven goals (two assists) in the 2017–18 season and five the year after (six assists). What did the numbers tell us about Everton’s performance in the Derby? His technical ability is fragile and can desert him totally at times. “I want to play in a top team and to keep helping my family. CLICK HERE TO SECURE YOUR MATCHDAY PROGRAMME FOR EVERY EVERTON HOME GAME IN 2020/21. “It was a happy surprise and showed it was the best choice for me to come to Everton.”. [5], On 1 February 2016, Doucouré signed to Premier League side Watford for an undisclosed fee and immediately sent him to La Liga club Granada CF on loan. RBM: What are Doucouré’s biggest strengths and weaknesses as a midfielder? Towering midfielder Doucoure is in line for his first Merseyside derby on Saturday after joining Everton from Watford last month. As he advanced with first club Rennes, then at Watford in the Premier League, Doucoure consistently redefined his aims. RBM: Watford were relegated last season - did you see a significant decline in performance levels or application from Doucouré at any stage? [13], Doucouré made his debut on 13 September 2020 during Everton's first game of the 2020–21 season, away from home against Tottenham Hotspur, a game Everton went on to win 1–0.[14]. He was always at his best for Watford as an all-action midfielder, eating up the ground and acting as the centre of gravity for the team. “Javi Gracia [former Watford manager] told me, ‘You run for the others, run for yourself, first’. “I heard a lot of good things about him before I came but he is even better than I expected. RBM: Given Carlo Ancelotti has almost invariably opted for a 4-4-2 at Everton, do you think this different system would still suit Doucouré, or did he benefit most at Watford from the protection of a third midfielder? He has the tactical awareness and technique to play for a top club. Date of birth/Age: Abdoulaye Doucouré (born 1 January 1993) is a French professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Everton. © Copyright 1878 - 2020 Everton Football Club. It's an uncertain time at Vicarage Road, but with the club in an extremely strong position both on and off the pitch, perhaps this is the perfect time to allow Abdoulaye Doucoure to move on and look to … Where is his best position? 30.06.2023, Former International: [6] He was understandably keen to leave the club this summer, and is reportedly particularly excited to work with Ancelotti, but nobody at Watford blames him for relegation or begrudges him the move. Watford took the lead at Brighton and Hove Albion in stunning fashion as Abdoulaye Doucoure scored an incredible solo goal. Abdoulaye Doucoure wants to mature into “a great player” with Everton – and insists the depth of his welcome to the Club was a “happy surprise”. [8], Doucouré performed admirably under the direction of Marco Silva the following year and never looked back, improving and excelling under Silva's successor Javi Gracia, arriving late into the box and producing in big moments. Aside from his attacking abilities, Doucouré is also physically strong and is disciplined in his positioning when required. He leaves Watford after 17 goals in 141 appearances for the Championship club. Doucouré was born in Meulan-en-Yvelines. Jan 1, 1993 (27), Place of birth: Adam: The team as a whole responded well to Pearson’s appointment and Doucouré was no different. [11], On 8 September 2020, Premier League club Everton announced that they had signed Doucouré from Watford for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £20m. “He doesn’t speak too much. View the player profile of Everton Midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré, including statistics and photos, on the official website of the Premier League. “Everton was a big step for me, I worked hard to be in the team. Watford fan and writer Adam Drury on what the former Hornets midfielder will offer Carlo Ancelotti’s side. We use cookies on our website to help it work. RBM: Costing a reported fee of up to £25 million, do you think Doucouré represents good value for money for Everton? [18], Doucouré is a well-rounded midfielder. The Frenchman has signed a four-year deal at Everton, who reportedly paid in the region of £20-25 million for his services. [16] In September 2020, Doucouré had been called up by Mali for upcoming matches against Ghana on 9 October and Iran on 13 October in Turkey,[17] which he rejected due to his desire to play for France under Didier Deschamps. We will only use optional cookies if you agree to accept them. If you do not accept cookies it may limit the services that we are able to offer you and affect your user experience. I hope this move sharpens him up again because he’s outstanding in full flow. Central Midfield, Contract expires: He was rarely more than 20 yards away from the play, anywhere on the field, due to his energy and ability to cover ground so quickly. 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