Doucouré talks about a 'very difficult season' at Everton

22/06/2023 19comments  |  Jump to last

After scoring that priceless goal against Bournemouth on the final day that kept Everton in the Premier League for another season, Abdoulaye Doucouré has been talking about his third season at the club.

"It’s a great feeling. The season was very difficult, and we knew the game was massive for us.

"We needed to win the match, and I’m delighted to have scored the goal. I’m very happy for my teammates and for the club.

"Everton is a massive club, and the fans are great. I always fight for this club, and I was very happy to make my contribution. We’re looking forward now.

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"The last few weeks of the season were very tense. Everyone was talking about Everton perhaps being relegated.

"It was very tense, so to score that goal meant everything. I worked hard to come back into the team, but the season was very difficult for me and for my family as well.

"I had some personal issues, and as a professional, I didn’t play my part with the first manager [Lampard]. I was pleased to have helped the club on the final day.

"I’m very happy and proud of myself and my teammates. Everton are in the Premier League next season, but we need to be stronger than that."

But nothing more is revealed about the bust-up with former manager Frank Lampard that saw the Mali International being told to train on his own in the final week of Lampard’s disastrous spell as manager. Doucouré was dropped entirely from the matchday squad for a difficult 2-0 defeat at West Ham United after being benched by Lampard for the whole of December.

The rift came to a head after Doucoure was involved in a dressing room row with Lampard following another hugely damaging 2-1 home defeat to Southampton in January.



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Si Pulford
1 Posted 22/06/2023 at 08:56:27
Interesting that he kind of takes ownership of his from pre-Dyche saying he had some personal issues.

We tend to collectively forget footballers are humans and can be affected by stuff that goes on off the field.

Hopefully whatever was affecting him is behind him now.

He was a stand-out performer once Dyche came in so hopefully he will hit the ground running as an important first-team player next season.

Frank Sheppard
2 Posted 22/06/2023 at 10:00:37
He was an essential selection in the Dyche teams, and we were wide open in the games he missed because of the silly Kane sending off.
Mark Ryan
3 Posted 22/06/2023 at 10:17:01
He'd better realise that the coming season is going to be just as hard. I just hope he keeps up his good form. We are going to need everyone fit and up and at it from game 1
Andrew Brookfield
4 Posted 22/06/2023 at 10:48:35
A workman-like Number 10 is his only position, useful but not inspiring.
Ben King
5 Posted 22/06/2023 at 11:06:32
Need a similar goal contribution from him next season I think.

Agree that the No 10 position is the only one that he can play in. Yet, aside from goals, he's a poor man's No 10: doesn't really create opportunities, low number of assists, doesn't dictate play, doesn't impact the flow of a game.

He does offer hard running and, towards the end of the season, some excellent finishes. He's physical and determined and strong.

Do we need Onana if we have Doucouré playing? Would Onana do well to base his game on Doucouré?

Anyway, great that he came up trumps for us when we needed it. And boy, did he!!

Anthony Flack
6 Posted 22/06/2023 at 13:01:09
Tends to panic for the final pass and spanner it if he has too much time to score.

Most of his goals are first-time efforts and a couple of peaches included!

One of our better players?

Ian Bennett
7 Posted 22/06/2023 at 13:47:31
Get a YouTube of his best goals to Saudi.

£200M and you can have him.

Danny Baily
8 Posted 22/06/2023 at 13:57:01
Anthony 6, yes! Definitely one of our best.

Assuming we don't change our style too much next season, Dyche has clearly found a role for him in which he's particularly effective.

Denis Richardson
9 Posted 22/06/2023 at 13:57:14
I wonder if his issues with Lampard was simply telling Lampard he was a clueless manager?

Guess that would get you dropped. Even if it was (is) the truth.

Also wonder if Pochettino took up Lampard's offer of advice on the Chelsea squad? My money's on a resounding ‘Thanks but I'm alright'!

Mike Hayes
10 Posted 22/06/2023 at 14:36:53
Heard a rumour Tom Davies has rejected a new contract - squad player at best or one to be regular on the first team 🤷
Mark Ryan
11 Posted 22/06/2023 at 15:21:37
Whilst I think on, this notion that is always spouted about how "it's our Club, not yours" It's actually not accurate is it.

If it was indeed our club, we would not be letting it be ruined right under our own noses, would we? We need to accept that if someone was taking a crap on our own car, parked outside our own house, we wouldn't put up with it, would we? Why? Because it is ours.

The club we follow is not ours. We think it is but it is now owned by Moshiri. If it was ours, we would take it off him for fucking around with it… but we can't, can we? Why? Because it is his.

We are not able to do fuck-all. It is his toy.

Clubs go out of business because the owner fucks it up. His club is going the same way. We lost our grip on it long ago.

This is not meant to be inflammatory, it's just fucking dawned on me. He's been given a first generation Action Man and thrown away the box and now he's kicking it around his garden.


Dan Nulty
12 Posted 22/06/2023 at 15:48:54
Doucoure wouldn't be getting into any Top 10 side's midfield so, for me, he represents exactly where we are at the minute but not where we want to be. Need to keep him as it is stands unless the Saudis want him badly.
Dale Self
13 Posted 22/06/2023 at 16:50:15
Sounds like he was taking responsibility for the meltdown with Frank which is good. It isn't his fault our play has never suited his skills. It is his fault for not finding some obvious passes but perhaps scoring a couple will make him less risk-averse.

He needs to use his frame more but needs the awareness to sense where the safe possession pass is made. Several one touch passes in the middle of the pitch tells me he can make that position work and with a better possession player up front he could drop back for pressuring the midfield effectively.

He's got stuff we can use and he has character that enhances our club. One to keep in my opinion.

Bill Gienapp
14 Posted 22/06/2023 at 19:33:56
He was an 8-10 goal a season midfielder at his peak with Watford, and I feel like that's what he'll be under Dyche...

He banged in 5 in something like 15 games, so extending him an additional year was a no-brainer given our current situation.

Bobby Mallon
15 Posted 22/06/2023 at 21:49:33
All the managers, eh?
Paul Kernot
16 Posted 22/06/2023 at 23:26:12
Dale #13. On the subject of a better possession player ahead of Docoure: I know the new striker thing has been and will continue to be done to death but, as I've posted once before on here, we could do a lot worse than Lyndon Dykes.

Scotland really started to get it together when they put him up front as a big, strong #9 & he's done really well for them since, albeit he had covid & took a long time to recover, during his long absence his club side QPR suffered badly, sliding from 6th to almost relegation fodder (sound familiar)?
If we really are skint, he'd cost a lot less than Gyorkores et al & would offer a lot more than Maupay that's for sure. Check out his goal & assist last week for Scotland in the Euro qualifiers.

Ernie Baywood
17 Posted 23/06/2023 at 08:19:18
Last season's Gareth Farrelly.

I'm very appreciative of some of those goals late in the season but he's a pretty before average footballer. There can't be many less technically gifted players to have been given a #10 type role in the top division (granted it's a different version of an attacking midfielder/#10).

For now, he's what we've got and we're not realistically replacing him. Let's hope one day soon we're in a position to say he's not good enough for us.

Dennis Stevens
18 Posted 23/06/2023 at 15:02:31
When I saw the headline, I assumed Doucoure was talking about next season!
Alan J Thompson
19 Posted 24/06/2023 at 17:02:00
Didn't Everton have to trigger the extra year option?

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