Doucoure Reveals Affinity For Everton Fans

Abdoulaye Doucoure has detailed his affection for Everton fans and discussed his desire to keep rewarding their support with goals and victories. 

The in-form midfielder was one of the standout stars in Saturday's impressive 3-2 victory against Crystal Palace, scoring Everton's second goal before assisting Idrissa Gana Gueye with an excellent through ball for the late winner. 

Doucoure's strike early in the second half at Selhurst Park took him to four Premier League goals for the campaign. That's the highest return in the Everton squad so far and just one goal fewer than what he managed across the entirety of last season. 

Having signed a new deal with the Blues earlier this month which extends his stay at the Club until at least June 2025, Doucoure admitted to evertontv that he's thoroughly enjoying his football right now and wants to continue repaying Everton fans for the unwavering support they've given the 30-year-old. 

"At the moment things feel great," he explained. "We know this season we wanted to change things compared to the last two seasons. We are going the right way but we want to keep going. 

"I feel the love here, I am very happy. I committed last week to a new contract with the Club, so obviously I am more than happy to stay here. I love the fans, the way they look at me and love me, I just want to repay that back and give everything for the Club."

On netting his fourth goal already of this league campaign, Doucoure added: "I think I just feel the goal sometimes. I am always willing to score, and maybe the ball is just finding its way to me. I always try to be in a good position. I feel very happy, confident and I want to score more goals to help this team keep winning games."

Saturday's success extended Everton's record to just two defeats across their past nine matches, with none of those losses coming in their previous four outings. 

The Blues have been particularly impressive on the road during that period, winning four away games from five at tough places including Brentford, Aston Villa and West Ham. 

Palace posed another stern test on Saturday, which Doucoure believes made the eventual victory that bit more satisfying. 

"The confidence in the group is there," he said. "Each game we can score goals. Against Palace we scored three goals, which shows this team is capable of scoring a lot of goals. 

"We were so pleased, to win away from home is always a good thing. We are so happy because it was an open game and it was very difficult against a good opponent. But we deserved the win. 

"Palace played well. We didn't expect them to play at that high tempo, it was a bit difficult for us to press but knew small details would make the difference and we are so happy to have won the game."