In Focus: Doucoure can offer new ideas to Spurs’ central midfield area

As reported by The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure this summer.

What’s the story?

While Mousa Dembele may be in exceptional form right now, the likes of Harry Winks and Mousa Sissoko demonstrated again this weekend that they’re struggling to reach the heights required from a Spurs central midfielder.

It’s an area of the pitch that Mauricio Pochettino could definitely do with strengthening this summer and it seems he’s casting his eye towards Watford to find a solution.

The Sun report that Spurs are interested in signing Frenchman Abdoulaye Doucoure, who has impressed for the Hornets this season.

The 25-year-old hasn’t signed a contract extension since signing from Rennes two years ago and the paper say that Tottenham are looking to capitalise, ready to move for his signature.

Rated at £10.8m by Transfermarkt, he’s a player well within reach and someone who could offer quality and depth to Pochettino’s first team.

Is he good enough?

Doucoure has been one of the stand-outs at Watford this season, scoring an impressive seven goals from central midfield and providing another three assists.

His recent performance against Chelsea demonstrated he has what it takes to compete against elite sides, providing two assists on the night and dominating the midfield area.

Surrounded by better players and under the guidance of Pochettino, he could improve even further if he made the switch to Spurs and at 25 years of age is coming into the prime years of his career.

He may not be the most fashionable of potential midfield signings but he could certainly do a job and provide the Spurs midfield with competition and fresh ideas.