Charlie Nicholas suggests Abdoulaye Doucoure to Everton and Arsenal

Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur and Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Watford at Wembley Stadium on April...

Doucoure has been in excellent form this season, and Everton or Arsenal could be keen this summer.

Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford chases Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United  during the Premier League match between Watford and Newcastle United at Vicarage Road on May 5, 2018 in Watford,...

Soccer Saturday pundit Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports website that Everton and Arsenal should consider a move to sign Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure this summer.

Nicholas, along with the likes of Paul Merson, Phil Thompson and Matt Le Tissier were asked to pick each club's Player of the Season, and the former Arsenal midfielder picked Frenchman Doucoure at Watford.

Despite being a holding midfielder and known best for his intricate array of passing in the middle of the park, Doucoure has managed to add an impressive goal return of seven strikes and four assists this term.

Aaron Mooy of Huddersfield Town is challenged by Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Watford at John Smith's Stadium on April 14,...

The Sun claimed earlier this year that Tottenham Hotspur were lining up a £50m double swoop for Doucoure and Richarlison, but Nicholas believes Everton or Arsenal should look to sign the midfielder.

"It has to be Abdoulaye Doucoure by a distance," Nicholas said, when asked who Watford's Player of the Season has been. "Even watching them lose to Spurs last Monday, his energy and movement stood out.

"I'm not a big holding midfield fan but he could easily do that and more for Arsenal with the way he covers the ground. Everton will surely be looking to snap him up as well."

Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford arrives prior to the Premier League match between Watford and AFC Bournemouth at Vicarage Road on March 31, 2018 in Watford, England.

Doucoure joined Watford from Rennes for £9.5million in the 2016 January transfer window but immediately joined Granada on loan until the end of the 2015-16 season.

Since then, he has made 62 appearances for the Hornets but his form this season has made his 2016-17 form a shadow of the quality and footballing intelligence he now boasts.

The France Under-21 international has two years remaining on his contract at Vicarage Road, ahead of what is likely to be an interesting summer window for the powerful midfielder.

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