Abdoulaye Doucoure was excited to play first pre-season match

The midfielder reflects on his first game of pre-season after playing in the 1-1 draw with Woking.

Abdoulaye Doucoure was excited to play first pre-season match
Doucoure stated his joy after starting his first match for Watford (Photo: Getty Images)

Midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure reflected on what it meant to him to play his first match for Watford at the weekend, as he finally managed to pull on the famous yellow top after six months of waiting.

The Frenchman played the latter 45 minutes of the 1-1 draw with non-league side Woking, but he was “so excited” to get the chance to make his first appearance for the club.

Despite the end result, Doucoure was please with how his debut went, and spoke to the club website about wanting to progress further.

The former Rennes man is aiming to build on his performance (Photo: Getty Images)
The former Rennes man is aiming to build on his performance (Photo: Getty Images)

Midfielder excited after starting match

The midfielder feels that his side have to “be better and work harder” if they are to get to the levels and standards which they set last season under former boss Quique Sanchez Flores.

“Before the game I was so excited to play because now it means that I am a real player of Watford, and I am so excited to play in the Premier League,” he said to watfordfc.com.

Doucoure stated that he is pleased with the area in which the club is based, as they have “integrated” him very well.

And he went on to state that he is “now excited” to have the chance to play in the Premier League and to “play another game” for the Hornets.

Doucoure has played for France from Under-17 to Under-21 level (Photo: Getty Images)
Doucoure has played for France from Under-17 to Under-21 level (Photo: Getty Images)

Doucoure ready to work hard

Doucoure signed for the Hornets back in the January transfer window, that was before he was loaned out for the remainder of the season to Spanish outfit Granada, a club also owned by the Pozzo family.

The 23-year-old insisted that he enjoyed his spell out in Spain, but he is now ready to hit the ground running and “work hard” ahead of the new season.

He said: “I have talked with Etienne Capoue and Allan Nyom before and they have told me that the Premier League is very hard and is very difficult, and the intensity is higher that in Spain or France.”

The midfielder believes he has to adapt very quickly to life in England and then hopefully that will reflect in his performances for the Hornets.