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Everton’s Premier League match with Aston Villa postponed it will come as an unfortunate break for Abdoulaye Doucoure.
According to The Guardian, the Birmingham-based team was hoping to see the game, originally scheduled for Sunday, delayed as Dean Smith’s entire team is currently in isolation after nine players and backroom staff tested positive for Covid. -19.
The outbreak forced Villa to name a squad made up of U23 and U18 players for their FA Cup showdown with Liverpool over the weekend, and their leading figures are not expected to be available again until Sunday at the earliest.
Can Everton get by without Doucoure?
Yes, but we will miss him
No it’s too important
Villa was said to be concerned about heading straight into a top flight clash with Everton without training for nearly two weeks, although delaying the match will mean the claret and blue sides will have played three fewer games than some clubs.
The Premier League’s choice to delay Everton’s trip to Villa Park will be a frustrating late decision for Carlo Ancelotti and his team, who were looking to return to the top four with a win after Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove. Albion on Wednesday night demoted them to fifth place.
Everton are also enjoying a hot run of form in the top flight, with the Blues losing 1-0 at home to West Ham United on New Year’s Day. only loss in seven league matches.
Doucoure, who earns £ 75,000 a week according to Spotrac, he will also suffer a personal blow from the postponement as he will miss the West Midlands affair via suspension after he was shown a fifth yellow card of the campaign during his team’s 2-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this month.
Having an additional week off would have been a stroke of luck for Doucoure had he not been suspended, as Ancelotti has begun to worry that the 28-year-old is being abused after having played the full 90 minutes in 10 of the last 11 of the Toffees Premier League schedule.
“He is a key player, he was a fantastic signing in the summer.” said Ancelotti. “He is a fantastic guy and a fantastic professional. I think he deserves to rest. “
Instead, Villa’s game postponed will see Doucoure not playing at Everton’s home with Leicester City on January 27, in a decisive game for the Toffees as they currently compete with the Foxes for a place in the Champions League.
Brendan Rodgers’ King Power Stadium natives currently sit on Ancelotti’s side only on goal difference, having scored just three times more than Everton after opening 17 games.
Ancelotti likely preferred Doucoure to miss Villa’s match with Smith’s men unmatched and without a league win. from Boxing Daywhile Leicester are undefeated in four games and I’ve only lost once on the road all season.
Doucoure has also been a pivotal figure on the court for Ancelotti, with the midfielder delivering the third most passes (862) of any Everton player in Premier League matches – only defenders Michael Keane (1064) and Yerry Mina. (960) they see more of the ball, for Who scored.
The former Watford ace has also delivered the fourth-highest number of key passes (12) and the fifth-highest number of shots (13), showing the offensive threat that Ancelotti will now lack against a Leicester team that waives the fourth minimum effort in goal when away from home with 10.4 allowed one game.
And in other news, Everton must refrain from making a knee-jerk decision to sign a target with a £ 9 million rating …