Abdoulaye Doucoure

Discussion in 'Transfer Rumours' started by dashsnow17, Feb 19, 2018.

  1. dashsnow17

    dashsnow17 Established Member

  2. dashsnow17

    dashsnow17 Established Member

    I watched the program and he comes across very well, very polite and diplomatic. He clearly aims to move to a bigger club as he was very coy when asked if he wanted to stay at Watford beyond this season. He also really wants to get into the French national side. Based on that I'd say if we came in with a fair offer for him he'd be very keen to join us.

    He's also clear that goals aren't his main quality, he sees himself as a box-to-box player who'll cover 12km every game and track his opponents.

    Let's hope Wenger was watching too.
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  3. LacaNewSigning

    LacaNewSigning Active Member

    Exactly what we've been missing in midfield, guy can handle his own in a battle and wont allow us to get bullied anymore whilst also got the technical ability to get the ball down and play. Please can we just revert to the old days where we had pace, power and technical ability all rolled into 1 not just the latter.
  4. BobP

    BobP Memri Fan

    Doucoure played himself.

    Doesn't he know that we never pick a player up after they've publicly expressed their desire to sign for us?
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  5. DanDare

    DanDare Emoji Merchant

    What players is he similar to?
  6. Tom349

    Tom349 Well-Known Member

    Doucoure makes sense if you sign a player like Max Meyer. Have Meyer sit and dictate play and intercept when necessary while Dourcoure does the dirty work up the field, specifically pressing and when possible make dangerous runs into the penalty box. Not to different from Ramsey/Arteta in Özil first year here. The key to making it work defensively is to have strong intercepting defenders i.e. peak Koscienly and Musafit on his good days and for Dourcoure to know when he should or shouldn't be pressing.
  7. Stannis

    Stannis Well-Known Member

    While he is a good player I dont think he solves the underlying issue that we don't have anyone to screen our defence.

    If we continue to play Özil as a ten ( which we should to get the best out him) Doucoure won't be the answer.

    If Ramsey thinks his future is elsewhere then id go for him, otherwise bigger priorities
  8. dashsnow17

    dashsnow17 Established Member

    I think Xhaka would fare better next to someone like Doucoure. Xhaka is essentially a regista, so having someone mobile like Doucoure next to him would benefit him. You don't necessarily need someone like Max Meyer. Xhaka plays very well next to Zakaria for Switzerland, imo Doucoure plays a similar style to Zakaria, he's just more developed in his career.

    I don't get this idea that Doucoure would be a Ramsey replacement, they're nothing alike. Doucoure is better defensively than any of our current CMs. There's no reason why he couldn't come in and make us more solid and help us dominate the midfield battle. He'd be a good buy.
  9. pigge

    pigge Wishes Wrestling Fans Liked Him

    Xhaka is not good enough to buy a player for him lol.
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  10. dashsnow17

    dashsnow17 Established Member

    I'm not a raving fan of Xhaka, I think he's been poor this season. But I also see his qualities and I recognise that he's not a DM so we're always gonna criticise him if that's what we expect him to be. He's a regista and he's generally a pretty good one, his passing stats are consistently very good. I don't see a reason why he can't improve in the future.

    Generally regista's perform better with someone mobile next to them, Doucoure fits the bill. That's not to say Doucoure couldn't also play next to Ramsey, Wilshere, AMN or any of them in a 3 man midfield.

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  11. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Prefers To Be Called Dennis

    Big black player? Do you have to ask?

    Of course he is next P. Vieira.
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  12. samshere

    samshere Why so serieuse?

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  13. dashsnow17

    dashsnow17 Established Member

    I think so, like a physically stronger version of Matuidi.
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  14. Tom349

    Tom349 Well-Known Member

    Xhaka can't handle being pressed, it's one of the biggest reasons we struggle away from home as teams press us.
  15. dashsnow17

    dashsnow17 Established Member

    I agree, which is why having someone mobile next to him would help out. In any case if it's a big away game we could just opt not to play Xhaka. I'm not saying Xhaka would have to play with Doucoure, just that he'd probably play better with him.
  16. Token Yank

    Token Yank Well-Known Member

    Sorry to show my ignorance here, but wtf is a regista?
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  17. Stannis

    Stannis Well-Known Member

    deep lying playmaker
  18. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    He would walk to our midfield from what I've been seen from him he look similar to Ramsey full of energy and like to go forward
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  19. al-Ustaadh

    al-Ustaadh Professor of Twitter

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    al-Ustaadh Professor of Twitter

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