Sean Dyche, the manager of Everton, has expressed admiration for the positive influence Abdoulaye Doucoure has had on his team’s recent turnaround. Despite facing a 10-point deduction, Everton showcased their resilience by securing a 3-0 victory over Newcastle, consequently escaping the relegation zone in the Premier League. Doucoure, who has been the most prolific goal scorer since Dyche’s appointment, continued his impressive form by finding the back of the net, alongside Dwight McNeil and Beto, contributing to Everton’s three-goal haul in the last 11 minutes. Doucoure faced challenges during his time at Everton, as he was initially rejected by former manager Frank Lampard and had to endure solitary training sessions. However, his crucial goal against Bournemouth in the previous season’s finale ensured Everton’s survival, and he has continued to impress in the current season, netting five goals in 15 Premier League matches.
“Doucs has emerged as a beacon of excellence,” stated Dyche. “Each manager possesses distinct perspectives on players; that’s just the nature of the game. Lampard held a contrasting viewpoint. As soon as I arrived, I was eager to include him in the lineup, and he has consistently delivered ever since.” Since March, Bournemouth was the sole team to defeat Everton at Goodison Park in the Premier League. The intense atmosphere within the stadium finally paid off as Everton managed to move one point clear of the relegation zone. If it weren’t for the 10-point deduction, Dyche’s team would currently be positioned in the upper half of the table.
“This season, aside from the obvious setback of the 10 points, we have been in exceptional form,” Dyche added. “The fans have experienced their fair share of setbacks, witnessing seven years of fluctuations and various narratives, but they are now witnessing a collective of individuals who are wholeheartedly dedicated, and that’s definitely a promising start. We possess a considerable amount of talent, but it’s crucial to give your all, and that genuine commitment is what resonates with the fans.” The reason for Newcastle’s loss can be attributed to their injury crisis, which caused them to become fatigued in the later stages of the game. Kieran Trippier’s performance was marred by two uncommon mistakes that resulted in Everton scoring. Trippier carelessly gave the ball to McNeil, allowing him to score the opening goal, and then made another error leading to Doucoure’s second goal.
Eddie Howe, the manager of Newcastle, refrained from blaming Trippier and admitted that his team must strive for improvement. Despite their numerous injury problems, Newcastle has a demanding schedule ahead, including a UEFA Champions League match against AC Milan and a Carabao Cup quarter-final against Chelsea. Howe commented on his team’s tiredness, stating that it is important not to view the situation in that manner due to the remaining games. He emphasized that when one fails to perform, it is crucial to assume responsibility for it, as it is the most effective method for enhancing performance. Undoubtedly, there is much to ponder upon and learn from.