Everton manager Sean Dyche has transformed this Everton side from a sluggish looking, energy deprived side to a disciplined, committed and hardworking side. Those traits were on display against Tottenham but Dyche will be forced to alter this well-oiled machine as Abdoulaye Doucoure is set to miss the next three games.
Everton were looking the better side, riding with determination, jostling a Spurs side that was lacking cohesion. Everton’s problems still exist but Dyche has worked wonders since taking over the reins at Goodison Park. This side simply gives it all and shows relentless mentality when they step foot on the pitch.
Everton went down to 10 men as Doucoure was red carded in the 58th minute after throwing his hands in Harry Kane’s face. There is an argument that Kane went down too easily and showcased top level theatrics to ensure the Malian is shown the red card.
Everton handed midfield conundrum as Abdoulaye Doucoure set to miss MUFC clash
Despite going down to 10 men in the 58th minute and then conceding a penalty goal in the 68th minute, Dyche’s side did not give up and continued to push for an equalizer. Michael Keane scored a world class rocket to equalize in the 90th minute and take one point.
Dyche’s system works seamlessly and one of the cornerstones of this team is Doucoure. The Malian was out of favour and on the path of an Everton exit under Frank Lampard but has gotten a new life under Dyche. Doucoure has been one of the best players under the new gaffer and his dynamic midfield performances have been noteworthy.
He was initially used as a midfielder playing behind the striker and when the opportunity presents itself, the 30 year old doesn’t shy away from getting forward. Doucoure has made his presence felt in the middle of the park as well as the final third.
With Doucoure now suspended for three games missing the Manchester United, Fulham and Crystal Palace games. Dyche now must solve the conundrum and choose the player who would replace Doucoure in the lineup.
Summer signing James Garner could be a straight swap. The former Manchester United man came on for the final six minutes plus injury time and looked impressive. Tom Davies could also come in place of Doucoure.
Doucoure’s absence will surely be felt as his dynamism and tenacity will be missed but Dyche knows that he must devise a plan to minimize Doucoure’s loss in the midfield.
Who will replace Abdoulaye Doucoure in the lineup?