By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

5th Oct, 2021 | 6:10pm

Kevin Campbell hails Abdoulaye Doucoure at Everton under Rafa Benitez

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Kevin Campbell believes Rafa Benitez is getting the best out of Abdoulaye Doucoure since the Everton exit of Carlo Ancelotti.

The Frenchman has been vital in the new system at Goodison Park, with his box-to-box role allowing him the freedom to thrive all over the pitch.

Campbell believes that Doucoure is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League at this moment, and the license handed to him by Benitez is one of the reasons why.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News, Campbell said, “I think he’s been excellent since he’s been at Everton.

“When he was injured they really missed him, and I think in that central midfield, he’s got more license to go box-to-box under Benitez whereas under Carlo Ancelotti he was a bit more rigid.

“Now, he’s scoring goals, getting assists. The ability to chop it back and put it on a plate for Andros Townsend [v Manchester United] was excellent play.

“Defensively, he’s solid, he’s got an unbelievable engine in midfield and I think he’s one of the best midfielders in the league.”

License to thrill.

There have been so many success stories already this season under Benitez.

Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend have rightly received headlines since their cheap moves in the summer, but Doucoure is another who deserves all of the plaudits coming his way.

Benitez has had to deal with big injuries to the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Seamus Coleman and Richarlison in recent weeks, but the Toffees have kept up their form.

Going to Old Trafford and picking up a thoroughly deserved point isn’t easy, especially without big names, but Doucoure was one of those to step up and make a huge difference.

Campbell is spot on, the Frenchman is one of the best in the league at this moment, and it is now up to him to keep that up between now and May.

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