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Everton boss Ancelotti: Doucoure will be box-to-box for me

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti admits he plans to play Abdoulaye Doucoure as a "box-to-box" midfielder.

James Rodriguez may be the box office signing which has excited Everton fans, but it is less heralded fellow new arrival Abdoulaye Doucoure who could provide the answer to their problems.

“Abdoulaye is a fantastic midfielder, a complete midfielder" said Ancelotti.

“He can defend well. He is a box-to-box midfielder. He can bring energy to the club and a different quality.

“We don't have midfielders with his kinds of characteristics. We have midfielders with quality and midfielders who are tactically good.

“He is the only one who is box-to-box. I know him really well, what he did with Watford.

“He is a player with strong character and he uses that in games. These are the reasons he is a good signing for us. He is going to improve the quality of our squad."

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