The 27-year-old joined the Blues for a fee of around £20 million in Watford’s summer transfer window after relegating to the championship, and he talked about a text he received from Captain Seamus Coleman after the move was completed.
Abdoulaye Doucoure says he wants to become “a great player” at Everton and believes the club can now compete with the Premier League elite.
Everton’s midfielder has made an impressive start to his life at Goodison Park since coming to the transfer window from Watford this summer.
I thought, “Wow, this is a great club.”
“It was the first time I’d ever seen the captain of a team do something like that.
“I was very surprised,” Doucoure said on the club’s official website.
Meanwhile, despite Watford’s poor form, Doucoure stood out as the dominant box-to-box midfielder, and he has already made a big impression at Goodison Park.
The message that came in on the midfielder’s phone from an unknown number simply read aloud: “I’m very glad you signed, you’re going to help us a lot”.
“The first injury felt big for a young player, especially since I was supposed to sign my contract,” Doucoure said.
At the beginning of his career in Rennes, he suffered two serious knee injuries, and now that he has come through this difficult phase, he wants to climb to the top with the toffees.
“But the club trusted me and my recovery has been very good. It helped me to develop my mental strength, and signing a contract after this problem was a real boost.
“But the second injury was a big, heavy blow. The biggest blow in my career. Once is hard, twice is very hard, especially when you are young.
“I had started so well and had to stop almost immediately. I had to be mentally very strong to stay at the top.
“To play in a top team and continue to help my family. I had to be professional and stay every week in the beginning XI.”
“My motivation today is to become a great player.
The arrival of James Rodriguez has caused a stir this summer and Doucoure says that with promoted players like the Colombian international and Allan, the club is now in a position to challenge the top teams in the league.
“In the past you might have thought, ‘There’s a top six, with Everton just behind,'” Doucoure added.
As part of a redesigned midfield with Andre Gomes and Allan, Everton has risen to the top of the Premier League with four wins, one defeat and a draw against neighboring Liverpool so far.