One of the key elements of Marco Silva’s new look Watford, Abdoulaye Doucouré has come a long way since his arrival at Vicarage Road.

Scoring in his season opener against Liverpool, the 24-year-old midfielder has played every minute of every single league games so far, and is glad he has finally made it in the Premier League.

One thing he’s also happy about, and this is purely based on hindsight, is the fact he missed out on a loan to Lorient last summer in the dying minutes, which he feels allowed him to break through at Watford.

Speaking to 20 Minutes in France, he said: “As early as preseason, I saw that I didn’t enter in Mazzarri’s plans, so I straight away wanted to go in order to get game time. Lorient made an offer in the last few minutes, but in the end, it didn’t happen.

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“I wasn’t all that disappointed. The perspective was interesting, but I stayed at Watford, I played in the second half of the season, and this year I’m playing. I imposed myself, and I’m happy to be here”.

Loaned to Granada the next day after his arrival from Guingamp back in February 2016, Abdoulaye Doucouré has since made 26 appearances for Watford, scoring two goals and picking up five yellow cards.

Set to be an integral part of Marco Silva’s side, the defensive midfielder will be looking to help his team continue on their rather impressive start to the season, as the Hornets are yet to lose a game.