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Some Everton fans react to Ancelotti’s record since Doucoure injury

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Some Everton fans react to Ancelotti’s record since Doucoure injury

Some Everton fans have taken to social media after The Athletic’s Patrick Boyland raised the point that Carlo Ancelotti has only overseen one win in eight games without Abdoulaye Doucoure this season.

The £20m (BBC) summer signing has been absent for the Toffees since fracturing his foot at the start of March, and only returned to training at Finch Farm toward the end of April (Liverpool Echo).

It remains to be seen if Doucoure will feature again this season, with the issue previously feared to have brought a halt to his campaign (The Athletic). The 28-year-old was a fixture of Ancelotti’s plans with 25 starts in 26 Premier League games.

Everton have only beaten Arsenal since losing Doucoure during March’s victory at West Bromwich Albion, while drawing with Crystal Palace, Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham. They also drew with Leicester City in January while the Frenchman served a one-match suspension.

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The run of results is bookended by defeats to Chelsea, Burnley and Saturday’s 2-1 loss at home to Aston Villa, after which Ancelotti criticised the attitude of his players.

“Completely different from the last game,” Ancelotti claimed, via quotes by The Athletic. “I think [the team’s] attitude was wrong from the beginning.”

Allan and Andre Gomes had anchored the Toffees’ engine room from the start against Aston Villa, before the latter was replaced by Fabian Delph for the final 20 minutes to join Tom Davies among the substitutes.

Here is how some Everton fans reacted on Twitter after being made aware of their side’s run of results without Doucoure in the squad:

 
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