What Marco Silva once said about Everton target Abdoulaye Doucoure

Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford in action during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Vicarage Road on August 11, 2018 in Watford, United Kingdom.

Everton are said to be keen on signing Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure before deadline day.

Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Watford FC at Old Trafford on March 30, 2019 in...

Everton boss Marco Silva’s past comments to the Hertfordshire Mercury about Abdoulaye Doucoure are very interesting now that the Toffees are being linked with the Watford midfielder.

L'Equipe claims that Everton have already had a bid rejected for Doucoure, but they will go back in with a second offer.

If Doucoure does join Everton it will be the second time that he was worked under the management of Silva.

The Portuguese boss was in charge of Watford while Doucoure was there, and during that time Silva suggested that the Frenchman still needed to improve.

 

"Of course, Doucoure is improving and doing fantastically," Silva said back in 2017.

"He’s a player who I pay a lot of attention to; he needs to improve more and more with his tactical behaviour and positioning in important moments of the game.

"With three at the back, he feels a little bit more free to play in the midfield line.”

Marco Silva, head coach of FC Everton gestures during the pre-season friendly match between SV Werder Bremen and FC Everton at Wohninvest Weserstadion on August 03, 2019 in Bremen, Germany.

Silva may well feel that Doucoure has now made the improvements he was wanting to see two years ago.

Doucoure has certainly made a name for himself as one of the Premier League’s top midfield enforcers over the years at Watford.

With Everton looking to replace Idrissa Gueye, he could be an ideal candidate to step into Silva’s first-team over the season ahead.

Everton begin their season with a match against Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Vincent Kompany of Man City blocks a shot from Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford during the FA Cup Final match between Manchester City and Watford at Wembley Stadium on May 18, 2019 in London,...

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