Abdoulaye Doucoure has explained how a welcome from Seamus Coleman left him in no doubt that he’d joined a ‘great club’ in Everton this summer.
The Frenchman undoubtedly joined a club on the up, as shown with the Toffee’s start to the season. Carlo Ancelotti has led them to the top of the table after six games.
But Doucoure knew immediately that he’d joined a ‘great club’ thanks to a welcome from captain Seamus Coleman. Per the Official Club Site, Coleman texted Doucoure “I am very happy you have signed, you are going to help us a lot”.
And it’s something that clearly impressed the new arrival.
“I was very surprised,” said Doucoure. “It was the first time I have known the captain of a team do that. I thought, ‘Wow, this is a great club’.”
It’s the little things that can make a difference when signing a new player. This, from Coleman, is such a simple gesture but it’s one that not only impressed Doucoure but gave a great impression of the whole club.
And can you really ask more from your captain than that? We don’t usually get to hear or see these things, of course, and have to go by what we see on the pitch. But this is the kind of captaincy that clubs want.
But it’s clearly unusual. This is the third new club of Doucoure’s career, having moved from Rennes to Watford and had a loan with Granada. Yet Coleman caught him off guard with the gesture – many captains don’t make the effort, it seems.
Everton can be proud of theirs, then.