Everton trigger option to extend Doucouré deal by a year

22/05/2023 43comments  |  Jump to last

Everton have taken up their option to extend Abdoulaye Doucouré's contract at the club by a further 12 months.

Transfer news conduit Fabrizio Romano said on Twitter that it was his understanding the Blues have triggered the option that was agreed when the French-born midfielder joined on an initial three-year deal in 2020 and Everton have now confirmed the news.

Doucouré had raised doubts that he would be staying at Goodison Park beyond this season only a couple of weeks ago, that despite him winning back his place in the starting XI under Sean Dyche having been marginalised by previous boss Frank Lampard.

In quotes attributed to him by the Daily Mail, Doucouré said:

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“The club knows my position since a year ago. Now it is becoming very difficult for us to find something well between us — to find an agreement.

“I’m focused on keeping Everton up and then everything else will come after. To be honest, I don’t know (if I want to stay). I can’t say now, I don’t know.

“I have done my job, so now it is up to the club to say what they want from me."






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Jonathan Oppenheimer
1 Posted 22/05/2023 at 21:25:21
I’m okay with this if true. We need solid work horses in the center of the pitch, and when not injured and when played in his proper position he’s useful on our mediocre squad. With Gana’s aging legs, without Douc we’d be left with the inexperience of Garner and Onana and Iwobi at times. And we’d be forced to either blood in an academy player or take a chance on someone for millions when we have no money. All that considered I think retaining Doucoure is smart business, even if he has games where he can’t complete simple passes.
Jack Convery
2 Posted 22/05/2023 at 22:26:11
No other choice. I expect a transfer ban and a points deduction. No one is going anywhere if we have the option. Even Gbamin and Gomes may be needed !!
John Pickles
3 Posted 22/05/2023 at 23:26:34
It means if he does want to go, we can get a transfer fee for him.

If he doesn't want to go, it means he can now just concentrate his thoughts on the final game.

Greg Nelli
4 Posted 23/05/2023 at 03:43:34
Not sure of his contract terms but assuming the trigger maintains the status quo, it's not a great start to try to reclaim the wage bill.

Granted there's a lot to play out with others and a fair bit of fat to trim but it's certainly something that clearly needs to be considered with all contract extensions.

Ernie Baywood
5 Posted 23/05/2023 at 03:59:49
Obviously there are financial factors in play, plus the threat of sanctions that might limit the player turnover that we can make.

But jeez he's a terrible footballer. Hard to think of it as good news that he'll be wearing the shirt for another season.

Kieran Kinsella
6 Posted 23/05/2023 at 04:45:34

If we survive, maybe. But, if we are relegated, that £100k a week for a 30-something inconsistent performer is a hell of an expense. I hope the club wait until next Sunday night before making any contractual agreements.

Pete Clarke
7 Posted 23/05/2023 at 06:19:29
Just another example of how bad we and football in general have become when absolutely bang average footballers are making demands on wages and telling the club they don't know if they want to stay.

For every goal he's scored and tackle he's made, he has made 5 times that number of really poor passes which usually lead to an assault on our goal by the opposition.

And yet he would starve himself to near death for his religion!

Get him out of our club.
Christine Foster
8 Posted 23/05/2023 at 06:33:08
We could end up with Dele Alli, Gbamin and Gomes in midfield if we get a transfer ban… Jeez!!!
Sean Roe
9 Posted 23/05/2023 at 06:38:56
There is the potential for him to become the richest bang average player in the Championship.

Only at Everton!

Gary Brown
10 Posted 23/05/2023 at 06:56:45
No-brainer really, not sure why people are whining tbh. If we'd have simply let him go instead, we would need to go spend £20M on someone else to come in and add competition.

That's £20M less we'd have to spend on fullbacks, right wingers and strikers. We are under investigation, we won't be spending £100M+ this summer — no matter what we all want from Santa.

If someone comes in for him, it's £10-£12M less to find for that upgrade. If we end up in the Championship, he could be very useful in getting us up over even more games than we have in a season now. If we stay up, he's a better option off the bench or in the 11 than Davies.

Colin Glassar
11 Posted 23/05/2023 at 07:05:02
Doucouré, like Mina, is a great player to have around in a relegation battle. His fight and enthusiasm more than makes up for his lack of talent. I'd rather keep him than Iwobi or Keane tbh.
Brent Stephens
12 Posted 23/05/2023 at 07:08:21
Gary #10,

I agree. And I'd add that when we get rid of one player and buy another, you never know how or whether that new player will fit in (I give you Vinagre, Kean the forward, etc etc). At least we know what Doucouré gives us.

Tony Abrahams
13 Posted 23/05/2023 at 07:29:03
I think Gary explains everything @10.
Jim Lloyd
14 Posted 23/05/2023 at 07:45:30
I agree with Gary. From the look of it, it's unlikely that we'll be buying top class players, or even average players. We don't know what financial sanctions will hit the club, come the investigation. We don't even know if we'll have enough to finish off the stadium!

We're going to have a job replacing the players who've gone and who are going this summer, if we can replace them!

It's an unfortunate result of our Board's "leadership" over the last two and a half decades.

Ray Roche
15 Posted 23/05/2023 at 07:51:59
Gary, isn’t Davies’s contract up this summer?
Shane Corcoran
16 Posted 23/05/2023 at 07:58:32
Surely a decision such as this isn’t made until Sunday evening?
Gary Brown
17 Posted 23/05/2023 at 08:06:52
Yes Ray. My point there is that if we are keeping one of them for squad depth, this is the better option of the two.
Colin Glassar
18 Posted 23/05/2023 at 08:09:03
Hopefully, whoever loses the race to buy Man U will turn their eyes towards us. Once we are safe surely some billionaires find us attractive.
Ray Roche
19 Posted 23/05/2023 at 08:12:20
I agree Gary, it was just clarification on Davies contract.👍🏻
Tony Everan
20 Posted 23/05/2023 at 08:12:54
Good post Gary. Makes sense to me, when Doucoure has been playing in that attack supporting midfield role behind Calvert-Lewin he is effective. Dom can hold the ball up feed it off and Doucoure can do what he does best. What bothers me about him is the ball never seems to stick to him when it is passed in at pace, it pings off him like a pin ball. He needs to work on his control.

This also likely points to the 451 system to be used next season and also that an aerially strong striker as a direct back up/ competition to DCL will definitely be bought.

Pete Neilson
21 Posted 23/05/2023 at 08:22:46
Sadly indicative of the financial state we’re in and our complete lack of ability in scouting cheaper and better players.
Sean Roe
22 Posted 23/05/2023 at 08:26:02
Shane @ 16,

Exactly Shane. If we go down there will be a free transfer or loan signing somewhere that could do a job in the championship on less than half the money.

Jim Lloyd
23 Posted 23/05/2023 at 08:29:40
Good point Pete. Our scouting compared to much smaller clubs in our division, is poor, let alone the more established clubs.
Christopher Timmins
24 Posted 23/05/2023 at 09:05:21
Gary # 10 has it spot on
Craig Walker
25 Posted 23/05/2023 at 10:13:12
He's been massively inconsistent but he wouldn't be in the long list of players I'd be glad to see the back of. A lot of it depends on which division we're competing in next season. I think Pickford will be this season's Richarlison and will be sold to fund recruitments elsewhere or to service debt.
Derek Knox
26 Posted 23/05/2023 at 10:25:02
Sorry, but have to disagree with Doucoure, one decent game in ten or more, can't pass for toffee, another drain on the wage Bill. To be honest if we could I would welcome a a partial clear-out. The only ones I'd keep, are Pickford, Patterson, Coleman, Tarkowski, Cannon, Simms and Gray. Herd the other donkeys towards Blackpool or Southport Beaches where they would be of better use !
Alan J Thompson
27 Posted 23/05/2023 at 10:36:19
I'm not sure I agree entirely on letting players go just because their contracts are at an end. If, let's say Davies and Mina, want to leave then there is little Everton can do about it but would it be worth offering a contract at,say, half of their present wage. It has been reported that Mina is on 100 to 125K per week so would he consider a contract at 50Kpw and would he get that sort of money elsewhere? This would mean we don't need to pay a transfer fee for a replacement and means we also cut the wage bill.

Obviously, I've not taken into account how many players we have or need for what positions and use these figures only as an example, but perhaps we need to be a little more creative in our transfer/squad thinking more as an improvement rather than the necessary reaction to any P&S impositions.

Eddie Dunn
28 Posted 23/05/2023 at 11:09:14
Doucoure was dreadfull early in the season and seemed to get on the wrong side of Lampard. I was shocked at just how poor he was at passing the ball or controlling it.
Since Dyche has revived his career he has shown good workrate and at Brighton scored two super goals, the volley was spectacular.
he let himself down against Spurs and his subsequent three game ban might still cost us our PL status.
Against Wolves, our shape was totally different with Garner shoved out wide right and McNeil leftback. Then we lost Patterson and Dom. So Duke can be forgiven for not being as explosive.
However his poor passing caused us problems(he wasn't the only one -Iwobi gave his usualpresents to the opposition).
I am hoping that with Myko back and McNeil restored to the left and Garner in the centre, that Doucoure might show us the good things he can do.
He's got fight, he's got bottle, a great engine and he has proved that he can sniff out goals.
I would keep him. After all, we won't have midfield geniuses queueing up to sign for us, even if we do find some cash.

Bournemouth are a real mixed bag. They went toe-to-toe with Arsenal and Spurs, can score goals, have plenty of pace on the counter but a pourous defence.
I have worried for months about facing them in such circumstances. At least it's in our hands.
I expect that their players will be a little worried. Sending a team down in front of 40,000 fans can have unknown consequences.
We have to make it a cauldron and hope that someone pops-in a goal to calm the nerves. The players have to give everything or we are all toast.

Tony Everan
29 Posted 23/05/2023 at 11:12:15
What’s going to happen with Seamus Coleman ? There needs to be a debate about doing what’s right for the club taking sentimentality out of the equation.

Patterson will be first choice if he can stay fit. Coleman will be 35 next season and if he too can stay fit , and 100% recover from his operation, will be an adequate back up. How much wages do we offer a back up right back? Also , instead do we scout and bring in another player as competition for right back who could be of a longer term benefit.

It’s almost sacrilege to consider not renewing Seamus’s contract, but sometimes hard decisions have to be taken for the good of the club.

All thing’s considered I was hugely impressed how he performed this season. His presence and commitment to the cause as a well used back up next season makes some sense. Also, what makes sense is a reduction in wage from £3.64m pa for this one year extension which is commensurate with an increased back up role. The club has to live in the real world and be tougher financially all round.

Derek Knox
30 Posted 23/05/2023 at 11:36:58
Alan J @ 27, I deliberately left Mina and Calvert Lewin off the list because of their poor injury/appearance records. No doubt both good on their day, but when is that ? (not sustainable) Plus detrimental to achieving consistency !
Robert Tressell
31 Posted 23/05/2023 at 12:49:02
Probably a sensible measure. Although I generally see Doucoure and Gueye as fairly talentless athletes, they do form a decently effective midfield trio with Garner. Both will now leave on free transfers in summer 2024.

Now a well-run club like Brighton would also look at this as the opportunity to bring in a couple of high potential young players from low cost markets (South America, Eastern Europe etc) - with a view to developing them on loan or from the bench over the next 12 months.

The players are out there - with about half a dozen or more 18 to 22 year olds routinely touted for moves to Europe from South America. Not all of these will end up being as good as MacAllister etc and some will turn out rubbish - but with our finances where they are, this is the only way we'll materially improve the playing squad.

Spending £35m on Onana might come good in time but it's too big an outlay on potential. I suspect we'll be looking to sell him for a bit of a quick profit this summer. We shouldn't really be spending more than about £5m to £20m on any players, especially just "potential". After all this is what Forest and Saints each paid for the very highly rated Danilo and Alcaraz in January, both of whom are straight into the first team and performing strongly).

Mike Hayes
32 Posted 23/05/2023 at 12:56:33
Everton — the gift that keeps on giving and giving and giving… 🤷
Will Mabon
33 Posted 23/05/2023 at 13:05:30
Only possible downside - slight dummy spit at the increased difficulty of getting away, if that's his plan?

Probably outweighed by wanting to stay in the Premier League and professional pride, but thought I'd find the negative for completeness. :-)

Alan J Thompson
34 Posted 23/05/2023 at 15:01:01
Derek (#30);

Sorry, but my #27 was not in actual response to yours but just a thought on budgeting and in the event Everton face some sort of transfer embargo or financial oversight to see that we do actually reduce spending to come back under the P&S debt levels.

Mike Hayes
35 Posted 23/05/2023 at 17:32:02
You never know if the findings are that we've broken the rules.

Once they look at the players we've got, the stupid contracts they are on and the extortionate wages and the players don't perform to the wages they get, they'll either feel sorry for us or piss themselves laughing at the club's stupidity. 🤷

Peter Thistle
36 Posted 23/05/2023 at 17:54:59
"i have done my job" ? was his job to stink the place out and be utter shite ? succeeded.
Mal van Schaick
37 Posted 23/05/2023 at 18:44:45
Rewarded for failure. That’s Everton all over these days.
Kieran Kinsella
38 Posted 23/05/2023 at 20:05:15

I concur. As things stand, we still have 15 million pounds of wages to pay next season when the loans for Gbamin, Dele and Gomes end. Duke adds another 6 million. Imagine if we are relegated and have that liability of 21 million in wages just for those four. Coventry City's annual wage bill is 7 million. So we'd be paying four times that with similar income plus 40 million of "parachute payments." Couldn't we have at least waited until after Sunday to see if we survive?

Plus, Gomes despite his loan spell in France is apparently too expensive for Lille to secure permanently. Any takers for Dele? I doubt it. Likewise, Gbamin's agent is trying to find a club in Russia as the Turkish club cannot afford him but do we really see that happening? Even if it did, can we/he enter into financial discussions with Russia under sanctions? Again, seems doubtful.

Beyond the financials, the guy is soon to be 31 and has been an inconsistent performer.

Lee Robinson
39 Posted 24/05/2023 at 10:08:12
This is a really poor decision for me, not only due to the timing and wages. The only positive's I can see is if this give's us an opportunity to be able to sell him in the summer for a fee, or he is used as a squad player next year.

In my opinion though we need to be moving on from this type of player, high wage, underperformed consistantly and has very little technical ability.

However, saying all that if he helps to keep us up this Sunday he has probably deserved a year extension. But I can't see a successful midfield with him in it next season.

Alex Gray
40 Posted 25/05/2023 at 09:42:21
Doucoure has limitations as a player but some of the shouts on here are truly awful. When he was out the team our form plummeted and since he's been back in we've picked up points again. I'm glad he's extended because there A LOT of other players i'd be looking to get rid of before him.
Denis Richardson
41 Posted 25/05/2023 at 09:58:04
Don't know the terms but seems very odd to do this when we're still not sure which division we'll be in next season. Could this not have waited another 4 days?

Either way, I guess the trigger means we can sell him for something if we get an offer but we've essentially just committed to paying him another £6m for one single year - when we don't even know if we'll be in the premiership next season (probably a relegation clause but still).

Timing is very very odd indeed and just doesn't tie to common sense - not the first time when it comes to Everton.

John Pickles
42 Posted 28/05/2023 at 19:05:16
He definitely has his uses!
Nicolas Piñon
43 Posted 28/05/2023 at 22:32:57
As I said two days ago: my favourite players for today were McNeil, Doucouré and Iwobi. Who was the scorer and let his name in our (sad) history books?

That resumes my thoughts: very useful player when played in his position.

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