By Saikat Mandal

22nd Nov, 2022 | 4:10pm

Abdoulaye Doucoure certain for exit if Everton sign Dennis Geiger

Abdoulaye Doucoure could be certain to leave the club if Everton manage to sign Hoffenheim midfielder Dennis Geiger, either in January or next summer. 

Sky Sports journalist, Florian Plettenberg, reported on 21 November that the Toffees and Benfica are interested in signing the midfielder who has made over 100 appearances for the Bundesliga club.

The 24-year-old has a contract at the club until the end of the season, and he is unlikely to sign a new contract extension at the club despite talks going on over a new deal. 

If Kevin Thelwell manages to pull off a deal for the highly-rated midfielder, it would surely mean the end of Doucoure at the club. 

Doucoure has a contract at the club until 2023, with the club having an option for another year. He has made seven appearances this season in the Premier League, with five of them having come from the bench. 

Tom Davies is also facing a similar situation. However, Davies is 24, and he is a homegrown talent. The club can afford to extend his stay, and it won’t likely hurt them as much financially. 

The same can’t be said about Doucoure who is not only struggling with injuries, but he is not getting any younger. If the club want to sell him now, this is the time. 

Moreover, Geiger can be a perfect replacement for him, as he can also operate as a defensive midfielder. 

During the summer window, Everton signed Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gueye to bolster their midfield. While Onana has been a big hit, Gueye has been below par. 

Geiger can solve that problem if needed. Unless Doucoure makes a drastic impact after the World Cup, it looks really difficult for him to bag a new contract at Goodison Park.