The Rise Of Abdoulaye Doucoure

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I can’t say enough good things about Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Courtesy: Hertfordshire Mercury

Last Monday Abdoulaye Doucoure produced another world-class performance in Watford’s 4-1 win over Chelsea.

The French midfielder has been on the rise since he was signed from Ligue 1 side Rennes for £8m, then loaned to Granada, before making his debut for Watford.

But stardom was a long time in the making. In 2010 Doucoure was hailed as one of Europe’s rising stars, but injuries inhibited him from showing his promise.

But, now, Doucoure’s performances have garnered the attention of big clubs. Managers have been spotted in the stands during Watford games. Spurs’ manager, Mauricio Pochettino, was the latest to be seen in the stands.

There are good reasons for that, too. Doucoure is a dynamic midfield player who has the ability to adapt to any kind of midfield formation. He’s sensational at breaking up an opponent’s attack and his physical presence allows him to dominate the middle of the park. Doucoure can also attack spaces with dazzling runs and he’s magnificent on the offensive when his team is on the front foot.

The big question is whether Doucoure has what it takes to push his game to the next level?

I think the answer is yes. Doucoure is a ball-winner and a smart passer of the ball, too. He wins virtually all of the aerial duels when teams decide to use a more direct approach against his side, and he has had more touches–and has completed more passes–than any of his teammates in the middle of the park.

What impresses me most about his style of play is Doucoure’s ability to win possession back with neat tackles. His 7 goals in the League shows that he has goals in his locker. And his work rate in the midfield has made him one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the league.

Former Watford manager, Marco Silva, gave Doucoure a platform to showcase his ability, describing him as the “heartbeat of the team.” His current boss, Javi Gracia, continues to rate the French player as one of the best players on his squad.

Although Doucoure is not yet the finished article, he has the potential to become a world-class midfielder.

With such a bright future ahead of him, it remains to be seen how long Watford can hold him. It may be only a matter of time before he makes a big move. Having said that, it’s understood that Watford will offer him a new five-year deal worth £70,000-a-week–highest on the club.

The French midfielder has become a hero and deservedly so.


About Geoffrey Ofoegbu

I’m from Abuja, Nigera. I have passion for football (soccer) and enjoy writing articles about the clubs, managers, players, and anything connected with the game. It has always been my dream to be a sport columnist. Joining the team at TSC is a stepping stone to fulfilling that dream–launching a career in the sports industry. Sport of Expertise: Football, Basketball. Favorite Teams: Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Chelsea, Arsenal. Favorite Players: Ronaldo, Paul Pogba, Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez, Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos, David Silva, Yaya Toure, Antonio Valencia.

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