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Outcast Abdoulaye Doucoure has been ‘very professional’

Abdoulaye Doucoure, the forgotten man of Watford’s midfield, has been praised for his attitude and application by head coach Walter Mazzarri.

Mazzarri has limited the Frenchman to just six minutes of Premier League action and named him in only three Premier League matchday squads in a clear sign of where he figures in his plans. Indeed, he only made Saturday’s squad because Valon Behrami was suspended. The head coach may not be sold on Doucoure’s ability but he has been impressed with the way he’s handled being very much on the periphery of things.

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“I must say he is a player that has always been training very well and with great professionalism and this, for me, is very important,” said Mazzarri. “He’s a young player and has a lot of potential to grow as a player and a person.”

It would, one day, be interesting to find out exactly what Mazzarri doesn’t like about Doucoure as this was a player who impressed in Granada’s relegation escape act last season and one who Liverpool were closely monitoring.

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With Watford having named the maximum number of foreign players in their squad, Doucoure will be one of those offloaded in January, either on loan or permanently, to make room for a new recruit.