Rumours surrounding the future of Liverpool’s Emre Can have refused to go away this season, and while the German international may have taken to Instagram this week to dismiss such speculation, the popular view is that he won’t be at Anfield beyond the end of his current contract, due to expire in the summer.
Can’s departure would open up space for another midfielder at the club, even with RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita already set to join when the transfer window opens, and Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure seems determined to be the man to fill the gap.
The 25-year-old Frenchman this week declared it his “dream” to play for Liverpool, but how does he compare to the man he would be replacing?
Can has struggled with injury at times this season, and as such has played 6 fewer games and 606 fewer minutes than Doucoure, but it’s notable how much more productive the Watford man has been during that period.
With 7 goals and 2 assists to his name, Doucoure has shone in an at times incredibly underwhelming Watford side this term. Rangy, mobile and increasingly comfortable with Premier League, he has on occasion looked the complete midfielder, contributing considerably at both ends of the field.
While the loss of a German international and high-quality performer like Can will always be a blow, Doucoure has proven this term that he has the qualities to step up and take his place in Liverpool’s squad. If the transfer were to materialise, it could be a dream come true for all involved. / source – Here