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Abdoulaye Doucoure may yet be worth the wait for Watford

Abdoulaye Doucoure may yet be worth the wait for Watford
From ESPN - August 12, 2017

Considering Watford's significant turnover of players and the club's revolving door policy to recruitment, a series of talents have passed through Vicarage Road in recent seasons without making much of an impact.

Abdoulaye Doucoure, signed from Stade Rennais in February 2016, but immediately sent out on loan to Granada, had looked destined to be yet another anonymous player to come and go at the Hertfordshire outfit without really demonstrating his qualities.

However, when handed his opportunity by new coach Marco Silva against Liverpool on Saturday, the powerful Franco-Malian midfielder grabbed his chance and delivered the kind of performance that will ensure that he stands out amidst the many foreign imports to have turned out for the Hornets under the Pozzo regime.

The 24-year-old's performance was capped off by a goal, a 32nd-minute strike to immediately hand the home side the lead after Sadio Mane had cancelled out Stefano Okaka's opener, but he made contributions across the park to suggest that he can be a key asset for Watford this term.

Operating in the heart of the midfield in Silva's 4-3-3 formation, Doucoure offered the kind of imposing display that had begun to become norm during the latter stages of his tenure in France.

The muscular midfielder is a considerable presence, and won 100 percent of his aerial duels on the day, offering protection for the backline and helping ease the pressure when Liverpool sought a more direct approach.

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