Matching Eriksen for goals, more tackles than any Tottenham midfielder, Doucoure could be a gem

Watford's French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure (C) runs with the ball during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Southampton and Watford at St Mary's Stadium in...

Tottenham Hotspur are considering making a move for Watford's Abdoulaye Doucoure. Here is a look at how he compares to their current midfielders.

 

Watford's French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure (C) runs with the ball during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Southampton and Watford at St Mary's Stadium in...

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was spotted at Vicarage Road this week as Watford beat Chelsea 4-1.

Spurs have subsequently been linked with a summer transfer move for Abdoulaye Doucoure [report The Mail], who has been absolutely terrific this season.

The central midfielder has become a big asset for Watford and is a regular starter.

Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford during the Premier League match between Southampton and Watford at St Mary's Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Southampton, England.

He compares very favourably with Tottenham's key men, and is very much a complete midfielder.

From an attacking perspective, Doucoure has matched Spurs attacker Christian Eriksen for goals, with just one fewer than Heung-Min Son and two more than Dele Alli.

  TeamGoalsMins Played
Son Heung-Min Tottenham 8 1,632
Abdoulaye Doucouré Watford 7 2,250
Christian Eriksen Tottenham 7 2,146
Dele Alli Tottenham 5 2,108

But it is defensively where Doucoure really comes into his own.

He has made more ball recoveries, more tackles and more interceptions than any Tottenham Hotspur midfielder this season.

  Won TacklesInterceptions WonBall RecoveryMins Played
Abdoulaye Doucouré 37 39 227 2,250
Christian Eriksen 17 17 167 2,146
Eric Dier 29 35 131 2,198
Dele Alli 16 18 124 2,108
Mousa Dembélé 15 23 116 1,214
Moussa Sissoko 14 9 83 1,104

Tottenham's team has been rotated more than Watford's allowing Doucoure to rack up more minutes and along with it statistics, but that should not detract from his excellent performances.

If anything it should be encouraging that he can handle a demanding season if Tottenham bring him in.

HITC Sport first wrote in November that Doucoure was looking like an ideal long term replacement for Mousa Dembele at Tottenham, and his performances have kicked on even more since.

There is a lot more to come from the 25-year-old and Tottenham should be prepared to pay big to ensure his future lies with them.

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