Frenchman Abdoulaye Doucouré is a product of Rennes' youth system, where he made his debut for the first-team during the 2012/13 campaign. The midfielder immediately impressed, going on to feature over 90 times for the Ligue 1 side.
In January 2016 Doucouré agreed a four-and-a-half year deal with the Hornets, before joining Granada on a six-month loan move. Making his debut against Spanish giants Real Madrid, Doucouré made 15 appearances for Granada before the season's end, playing a crucial role in the club's survival in La Liga.
His Watford career took a while to get going, but slowly, assuredly, he took his opportunities.
A Man of the Match performance against Sunderland in April 2017 saw Doucs (his affectionate training ground nickname) really show the home fans what he was capable of and he's gone strength to strength since, earning his spot as a front-line central midfielder.
An outstanding 2017/18 campaign - in which Doucouré scored seven goals from midfield - saw him pick up both the Player of the Season and Players' Player of the Season trophies, and he committed his long-term future to the club by signing a new five-year contract at the start of August 2018.
The 2018/19 campaign saw Doucouré score five goals and notch six assists - matching his 11 goal contributions from the previous season.