April 13, 2024

Sean Dyche has revealed that Everton midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure was substituted at half-time against Burnley because of a tight hamstring, as shared by EFC Daily.

The Twitter page followed by Fabrizio Romano reported on Saturday (16 December) that the Toffees boss didn’t want to take any risks by keeping the midfielder on after he had felt some tightness down his hamstring.

Everton moved seven points clear of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win over Vincent Kompany’s Burnley on Saturday with first-half strikes from Amadou Onana and Michael Keane proving to be the difference between the two sides.

Explaining the decision, they wrote: “Sean Dyche says Doucoure had a tight hamstring and wasn’t willing to take any risks.”

Clever decision

Everton are certainly a much better team when Doucoure is on the pitch and it would have been completely reasonable for Dyche to have kept the midfielder on for the second half as he looked to secure an important three points at Turf Moor.

But the Everton boss was sensible enough to recognise that one game isn’t worth sacrificing potentially the rest of the season for and ensured that Doucoure was able to get through the match without doing even more damage to an otherwise minimal injury.


The 30-year-old has proven time and time again that he can step up when his side need him the most and it would have been incredibly naive of the Toffees had they decided to send him back out there for the second half, especially if he aggravated his injury.

Doucoure is also dangerously close to picking up a fifth yellow card of the Premier League campaign only games before the limit changes to allow him to avoid suspension. With the game almost already won by half-time, there’s no point risking suspension.

Hopefully, the Mali international will be fit and ready for the Carabao Cup clash with Fulham on Tuesday 19 December and avoid any similar tightness back at Goodison Park.

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