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Everton boss Benitez delighted with Doucoure improvement

Everton boss Rafa Benitez is delighted with the response of Abdoulaye Doucoure to a change of position.

Released from an anchoring role, the Frenchman needed only six Premier League games to match the two goals and three assists he contributed in the entirety of last season.

“When you sign for a new club, you try to analyse your players," said Benitez.

“You look at their strengths and weaknesses and then see if you can improve something, or reinforce something they are doing well.

“It is very clear with Doucoure that he has the energy and potential to get into the box. I have told him so many times to just go, 'Don't drop off too much because you can be a threat in attack'.

“We were joking about scoring five goals [this season], he has already scored two.

“He wants to play well for the team and is trying to score more goals. I am pleased because that is an extra motivation for any player."

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