Abdoulaye Doucouré could be on his way out of Vicarage Road

Abdoulaye Doucouré could be on his way out of Vicarage Road

Doucouré could be leaving Watford after only making two appearances so far.

Billy Stephenson

The 23-year-old Frenchman has featured twice so far this season, which is when he came on for five minutes in Watford's 2-1 loss to Chelsea earlier this season and also the Hornet's 2-1 defeat to Gillingham in the EFL Cup

Playing career

Abdoulaye Doucouré, who is a France under-21 international, started his career at the Rennes B team where he made 23 appearances scoring two goals. In 2012 he made his first appearance for the first team, he went on to make seventy-five caps and scoring twelve goal.

Image credit: Darren Walsh/Getty Images
Image credit: Darren Walsh/Getty Images

Fitting in with the squad 

When Walter Mazzarri took over as Watford manager, he started playing a 3-5-2 formation. Doucouré did not fit in very well, due to high quality midfielders in the Watford squad such Eitenne Capoue and Roberto Pereyra. Doucouré told the Daily Mail that to play in the Premier League is a "dream come true", and also added: "It is an attractive league and a great opportunity in my career."

He signed for an undisclosed-fee from Ligue 1 side Stade Rennes on a four-and-a-half-year deal in the summer transfer window. When the French youngster signed, Watford’s CEO Scott Duxbury said, "The opportunity to sign Abdoulaye Doucouré now was one we wanted to act upon, given our long-standing interest in the player." 

It is understood that Mazzari does not want the Frenchman due to both tactical and technical reasons and also did not want the player in pre-season. However, he did play in Watford's pre-season matches against Stevenage and QPR.

Returning to France

A move to France in the next transfer window could be a possibility and he could also make more of a mark in the French under-21 side. So far he has started for the aforementioned age group once, which was against Belarus under-21 where they won 1-0.