Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been rejoicing at the recent news that manager Sam Allardyce has left the club after seven months in charge of the Merseyside outfit.
The former England chief was brought in back in November following the sacking of Ronald Koeman a month earlier, and while the 63-year-old did a fine job in moving the Toffees clear of the relegation zone to eventually finish eighth in the Premier League table, he has done so with a style of play not well received by Everton fans up and down the country, with many voicing their discontent in the final few matches of the season, both home and away.
As such, attentions are now turning towards who could replace the Englishman at Goodison Park, with former Watford boss Marco Silva reportedly the man at the top of owner Farhad Moshiri’s wish-list.
And were the Toffees to indeed appoint the Portuguese as the club’s new manager, they should seek to lure £10.8 million-rated Hornets ace Abdoulaye Doucoure (as per Transfermarkt) to Goodison Park in a bid to reunite with his ex-boss.
Ultimately, the 25-year-old midfielder has enjoyed a fabulous season for the Hertfordshire-based outfit, scoring seven goals and laying on four assists in 37 Premier League appearances for the club to help them to the relative safety of 14th place in the division.
But it’s not just his goals and assists that have earned many rave reviews from several in the Tavern, it’s also his all round midfield ability in being combative and industrious off the ball to break play up in the middle of the park, alongside adeptness at getting on the ball and helping to launch attacks.
Significantly though, while many would argue that Doucoure’s form has been consistent throughout the campaign, it appears that his best form came under Silva’s guidance, having failed to net since the 40-year-old lost his job back in January.
Thus, it would appear that Doucoure enjoys playing under the Portuguese and indeed is able to reach a high level under his stewardship, the sort of level that certainly wouldn’t go amiss in the heart of Everton’s midfield next season.
Idrissa Gueye is comfortably the best central midfielder at Goodison Park, and has again proven that this time round, but there remain question marks regarding the capabilities of Morgan Schneiderlin, who hasn’t been at his best for much of the campaign, while Wayne Rooney could well leave the club this summer.
Add in the uncertainty surrounding the futures of injured James McCarthy and on-loan star Muhamed Besic, and the central midfield ranks clearly need reinforcing this summer if the Toffees are to start challenging the top six clubs – Doucoure’s arrival would do just that.
And having arguably played his best under Silva in the first half of this season, the 25-year-old could well seek a reunion with the Portuguese this summer.
And that could well happen at Everton if owner Moshiri gets his way.
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