Watford have been one of the oddities in the Premier League, thanks to their approach of sacking managers and still, somehow, stay in the top flight. There is no dearth of talent at Watford, and one player who has been lighting up Vicarage Road has been Abdoulaye Doucoure.
The 25-year-old had a starring role as his side demolished Chelsea 4-1 and it seems the Malian has caught the attention of Mauricio Pochettino.
A report from the Daily Mail claims that our manager was at Vicarage Road and was impressed by the performance of the midfielder. Tottenham would be looking to bolster their midfield next season and if we are to sign the powerhouse from Mali, we would have to pay a record transfer fee to get him over to London.
The report also claims that we would be facing a lot of competition from two other Premier League sides, Arsenal and Liverpool, but the price for Doucoure would not be too high, given Watford’s record sale is only £20m, which they got by selling Odion Ighalo. Doucoure was bought for £8m from Rennes and Spurs or any other club looking to sign him should pay at least three to four times that amount.
Doucoure is one player who seems to be built for the Premier League and he has a decent return too with 7 goals and 2 assists in 25 Premier League games this season. The Mali star can play as a deep midfielder or even as a slightly advanced one, thus he could be the player to take over from Mousa Dembele as the Belgian has struggled with injuries in the last season or two.
There is no doubt that Doucoure would be a handy player to have and with him already being accustomed to the Premier League, he should hit the ground running for whichever club he does sign for.
The 25-year-old can become one of the most dominant forces in the Premier League under the right guidance and if Pochettino can move early and sign him, that would be a great piece of business for us.