Scouting Report: Cheick Doucouré
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Cheick Doucouré born on the 8th of January of 2000, is a 22 years old midfielder from Bamako, Mali. Doucouré quickly cemented his place at Lens in the 2018/19 Ligue 2 campaign with him playing a total of 34 games across all competitions that season. Now he’s an ever-present figure in the team and his development as a player can be seen as his presence certainly positively impacts the game for his team. Being originally a defensive/central midfielder, Doucouré has been given the experience of playing as a center-back last season, slotting in often as a left center-back while occasionally being deployed on the right side of the backthree as well.

However, he’s still most often played as a defensive/central midfielder, mainly being played on the left side though occasionally also on the right side. As a defensive/central midfielder, Doucouré is very active on both ends of the pitch as you can see throughout the matches. His playing style fits the stereotype of a box-to-box midfielder. Doucouré mainly stays around the middle third but in defense, he’s willing to drop deeper and defend near or even inside the penalty area if necessary. Meanwhile, in attacking situations, he’ll push forward to support the attack and help circulate the ball and add to the numbers, and potentially help the team counter-press when they lose possession.

Right from the start, it’s very easy to see that Doucouré is impressively athletic and has excellent physical prowess. The 2000-born midfielder stands 1.80 m tall and weighs around 75 kg, he has a medium body build with decently developed upper and lower muscles. He’s strong, agile, quick, and energetic. This impressive athleticism and physical prowess certainly give him a lot of advantage in his game both on and off the ball, making him a very interesting player to follow. Aside from his physical prowess, Doucouré is also proficient on the ball and shows good technical ability when receiving, dribbling, and passing the ball.

The young player from Mali also shows great intelligence and quick thinking on the ball as well as impressive awareness and vision. His concentration and defensive awareness to proactively disrupt the opposition and retain possession in a simple but highly effective manner make him an incredibly underrated talent emerging from France, the young midfielder is a player to keep an eye on.

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