By Will Dodds

21st Nov, 2020 | 1:49pm

Doucoure outlines what Everton boss Ancelotti told him about his role

Everton midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has revealed that Carlo Ancelotti told him that he would not play in the number 10 role at Goodison Park.

The 27-year-old would often take up the position at Watford, but has been used as part of a midfield three since his move over the summer.

Speaking to The Athletic, Doucoure outlined how his initial conversation with the Italian went after agreeing to join the Toffees.

“Carlo said to me, I will never play you like a No 10 because it’s not your role,” he told The Athletic.

“So he put me in the right side of the midfield. I do a lot more defensively than at Watford so maybe that’s why I score fewer goals, but I hope to score more goals in the coming weeks.”

“I’m more restricted in the way I attack because I need to be aware when you lose the ball to cover the right side, especially with James playing on the right. I need to cover him a lot, with the right-back, so I’m less in the other box. At the beginning of the season when there were the four wins in the row, you can see I didn’t need to go all the time in the box, because we had Allan, James, (Dominic) Calvert- Lewin, Andre Gomez and Richarlison who can attack, so my role is to protect a little bit more.”

Doucoure is a multi-talented and multi-functional player, able to fulfill numerous roles in the midfield.

At Watford, he was certainly a goal threat, scoring four, five and seven goals respectively during the last three Premier League seasons (via WhoScored).

However, he has been used in a deeper role this term and has just one assist and no goals so far. He has started every match though and averages 50.8 passes and one key pass per game (via WhoScored).

His completed dribble numbers are down on the past few seasons though and his carrying ability is something Everton fans will most likely want to see more of going forward.

In other Everton news, there is an Everton player that has become a doubt for Sunday’s meeting with Fulham