In-form 25-year-old states he doesn’t want to join Tottenham – a blessing in disguise

Abdoulaye Doucoure has confirmed major interest in his services from Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, but revealed that his preferred option is a move to the Gunners.

The Watford star has been in excellent form this term and has also caught the eye of Liverpool ahead of the summer transfer window.

When quizzed on French television show Telefoot over which North London club he would rather play for, Doucoure chose Arsenal, citing to the opportunity to play under Arsene Wenger as a major factor.

Whilst the 25-year-old is a fine midfielder who has excelled at Vicarage Road this season, potentially missing out on his signature may be a blessing for both the player and Tottenham.

Able to play as a holding man but also comfortable driving the team forwards from deep, Doucoure has an impressive tally of seven goals in the top flight since the beginning of the campaign.

His ability to read the game and spread the play to the flanks has been a key feature in how the Hornets have operated, whilst he has also shown decent ability on the ball in turning out of tight spaces.

Nonetheless, there is a question over whether he would get a game in the Tottenham side given the abundance and variety of midfielders already in the squad.

Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama are both strong candidates to play in front of the defence, as is Mousa Dembele, whose recent return to form and fitness has heralded an improvement in results.

Harry Winks also needs more time on the pitch if he is to reach his considerable potential.

And although Doucoure is a decent dribbler, he does not hold a candle to the Belgian in that regard.

Further up the pitch, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli are well established in the more advanced midfield roles and Erik Lamela is also capable of moving inside from his preferred wing position.

Moussa Sissoko provides adequate cover across the pitch, meaning Doucoure would most likely struggle to get consistent minutes.

Moving to work the other side of North London would likely be Doucoure’s best option in terms of regular football – Spurs fans will not rue his decision.