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Phil Thompson believes Watford's Abdoulaye Doucoure would suit Everton

Marco Silva, Manager of Everton reacts during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Everton FC at American Express Community Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Brighton,...

Watford's Abdoulaye Doucoure worked under Everton manager Marco Silva during his time at Vicarage Road.

Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford scores a header during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Watford FC at Goodison Park on December 10, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Phil Thompson believes Watford's ‘athletic’ midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure would make Everton’s squad ‘better’ if they were to sign him. 

The Sky Sports pundit claimed that Doucoure would ‘fit’ into Everton’s team because of his previous relationship with Marco Silva, who was briefly in charge at Vicarage Road at the start of last season.

Doucoure has been a key feature in Watford’s midfield during this campaign as they currently sit in the Premier League’s top 10 - he moved to the club in 2016 from French side Rennes. 


Speaking prior to Everton’s defeat at Brighton, former Liverpool defender Thompson explained why Doucoure would help improve the Goodison Park club.

“You can see that fit [Doucoure joining Everton],” Thompson told Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday show on 29/12/2018 at 2:45 pm. “Everton want to go places, you are looking, he [Silva] knows the player inside out, he knows what he can produce.

"He [Doucoure] is athletic, he can get from box-to-box and I think he would fit into this [team]. He would make that squad of Everton’s better. Yes, they have got players in there, but I don’t think what he brings to the party, Doucoure, I don’t think Everton have one of those players.”

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool attempts to move past Andre Gomes of Everton during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on December 02, 2018 in Liverpool,...

Everton have the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Tom Davies, Idrissa Gueye, Gylfi Sigurðsson, James McCarthy and Andre Gomes, who can play in the middle of the park - both high up the pitch and as number 6's. 

Over the course of this campaign, Doucoure, who came off the bench to score the equalising goal against Newcastle on Saturday, had started the previous 19 league matches for the Hornets

In total, the Frenchman has found the back of the net on three occasions and provided five assists for his teammates this term - he scored at Goodison Park in early December when Watford drew 2-2 with their former manager. 

(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Marco Silva of speaks to the media during the Everton press conference at USM Finch Farm on December 27, 2018 in Halewood, England.

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