BBC pundit Micah Richards was full of praise for Everton’s Abdoulaye Doucoure’s performance in the 2-0 win at Leicester last night.

Speaking on Match of the Day (BBC1, 10:45pm), the former Manchester City defender was impressed by Doucoure’s energy and contribution at both ends.

It’s now two straight wins for Everton, and they look to be rediscovering some of their early-season momentum.

Summer signings Allan and James Rodriguez have taken a lot of the headlines, but Doucoure has slotted in seamlessly since his arrival from Watford.

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“What a performance,” said Richards. “He was everywhere today. He fully deserved man of the match.

“It was a little bit offensive in the first half when Allan was on. Then when Allan went off, it was more defensive and he dictated the play.

“He’s not afraid to go out there (into full back areas). He’s a player I’d love to have in front of me because you know he’ll do all the donkey work.

“Great feet too. He was absolutely everywhere on the pitch. He fully deserves credit today. He saw what the team needed today.”

Everton are up to fifth now, just a point and a place behind their opponents last night.

A host of clubs in the upper reaches of the league have all dropped points recently.

That’s handed Everton an opportunity and they’re taking it with two big wins and two clean sheets in recent games.

Doucoure is something of an unsung hero in their midfield, which is vastly improved from last season because of Carlo Ancelotti’s summer transfer business.

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