Former Everton star Michael Ball has drooled over midfielder Abdoualye Doucoure, insisting that he has “everything”.
The French star has enjoyed a fine start to the campaign under the management of Rafael Benitez.
Doucoure has played in every Premier League game this term and has scored twice, while registering a total of four assists.
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The former Watford star was also key for the Toffees last season, making 29 appearances in the top-flight.
Ball believes that he has developed into the club’s most important player and has pointed to the fact that they struggled to win games when he was not in the team last season.
Indeed, between March and May, Doucoure missed eight games through injury and Everton only won two of them; prior to that, they had won three in a row, including a 2-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield.
Ball said: “He was our key player last year. If Doucoure was missing, we struggled. He’s got everything you want from a midfielder. He’s got energy, he likes closing down, he likes cutting up the play.”
Doucoure has been with Everton since 2020 having been brought in by director of football Marcel Brands, and is valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt; his contract expires in 2023.
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