According to Kevin Campbell, Abdoulaye Doucouré’s absence from Everton has been a significant factor in their recent dip in form, but his return is expected to improve the team’s performance, writes the GN.
Doucouré was suspended for three matches after being sent off in a contentious incident involving Harry Kane during a 1-1 draw on April 3. In an effort to cope, Sean Dyche implemented a 4-4-2 formation, which has proven ineffective. However, the 30-year-old midfielder is now eligible to return for Everton’s upcoming match against Newcastle on April 27, and Campbell is eagerly anticipating the return of the talented player.
A Sky Sports pundit Campbell told exclusively to Goodison News, Doucouré is a box-to-box midfielder capable of scoring goals and making key passes. The absence of such a player has been felt, and his return will allow Everton to field a midfield trio once more:
“It’s proven to be quite fruitful for Sean Dyche.
“Obviously he’s gone back to a 4-4-2 at times, probably just to get two players up top to try and hold the ball up there. When you don’t have Dominic Calvert-Lewin firing on all cylinders.
“I think he’s had to tinker with the squad a little bit because of Doucouré’s absence.
“But he can play next game can’t he? He’s done his three so he can come back into the fold.
“I’m sure he’s one of the players who Sean Dyche missed because he does have experience, he does have quality, and he’s got good size and an eye for goal.”