Should Watford fans' comments encourage Tottenham bid for Doucoure?

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Spurs reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2017 in London, England.

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in Watford star Abdoulaye Doucoure.

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.

Abdoulaye Doucoure was up against the omnipresent N’Golo Kante and the £40 million man Tiemoue Bakayoko as Watford welcomed Chelsea to Vicarage Road on Monday night.

But one Frenchman stole the show, and it was neither of those in Antonio Conte’s midfield. While Bakayoko’s debut season in English football hit rock bottom with two first-half bookings in the space of five minutes, Doucoure’s rise continued unabated.

He was simply sensational, the driving force behind a stunning 4-1 win that new Watford boss Javi Gracia described as ‘unforgettable’.

Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford and David Luiz of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Watford and Chelsea at Vicarage Road on February 5, 2018 in Watford, England.

Not only did Doucoure win possession countless times and lead the Hornet’s swarming pressing game, he also started attacks and picked a number of perfectly weighted passes from his deep midfield position.

No wonder Watford fans were singing his praises on Twitter. And no wonder Tottenham Hotspur have been tipped to make a move for the former Rennes star at the end of the season.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was in the crowd on Monday and, according to the Daily Mail, was so impressed by Doucoure that he is planning to rival Liverpool and north London rivals Arsenal for one of the Premier League’s breakthrough stars.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates during the Premier League match between Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor on December 23, 2017 in Burnley, England.

It is understood that Watford would demand £20 million for their powerhouse midfielder, who even has seven league goals to his name this season. But Hornets fans think he is worth far more.

And with Spurs on the lookout for a long-term successor for Mousa Dembele, they should be prepared to pay top dollar.

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