May 18, 2024

Given that Everton is experiencing a renaissance, it becomes sense that the media would begin to pay attention to the consistent rebirth of one of England’s oldest organizations.


Given the fascination generated by witnessing such a major team in jeopardy, many took great pleasure in the missteps that precipitated their consecutive relegation struggles.


It would be deceptive to exclude those who were instrumental in organizing the Toffees’ resurgence, Sean Dyche being among them.


Despite a rough start to the new Premier League season, his attitude has instantly clicked with the Goodison fans, and as a result, Evertonians are reaping the rewards of rooting for a side that is prepared to put their all into all they do, with a strong work ethic at its core.


With that approach in place, Abdoulaye Doucoure has also experienced a personal redemption, considering that he came dangerously close to leaving the team during Frank Lampard’s tenure.

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Commentator Robbie Earle tried to compliment the 30-year-old, stressing his significance in relation to other personalities, while also applauding the 52-year-old management. “I get the sense Sean Dyche’s work is starting to have effect,” he said on The 2 Robbies Podcast. “In Dyche, we trust.” Once more, Mykolenko in the goals.


“Doucoure, Abdoulaye Doucoure with the goal, who is turning into an absolute diamond for Dyche.” I have the impression that the dressing room and the management are beginning to value one another.


Why did Frank Lampard not play Abdoulaye Doucoure?

The reasons behind Lampard’s blatant disregard for the £120k-per-week Mali international remain unclear given the clear talent that has been on show since his dismissal. After all, it was his five goals that arguably proved most pivotal in Everton‘s safety last season, having already notched four again this term to earn further praise from one journalist.


‘I was close to leaving’, the former Watford midfielder would tell Sky Sports back in March, revealing how he did not receive what he deemed to be a fair opportunity under the Chelsea legend.


‘I heard sometimes people saying, ‘He’s not ready, he’s not fit’ but it wasn’t true. I was always fit, always ready to play. Maybe it was a personal thing but it doesn’t matter now.’ A polite and well-mannered ace, his inability to lambast his former boss is admirable given the treatment he received.

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The Times had reported that, due to his involvement in a dressing room clash with Lampard, Doucoure was marginalised from the group and often forced to train alone.


Having gone on to become a key figure under Dyche, it is he who has enjoyed the last laugh.

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