Shearer: Doucoure hit the most important goals of his career

9 May 2023

Premier League's record scorer hails Everton midfielder as he names his best XI of Matchweek 35

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Alan Shearer believes Abdoulaye Doucoure's two goals against Brighton & Hove Albion are the most important strikes of his career, as Everton's shock 5-1 away win took them out of the relegation zone.

Doucoure set the tone for the match by scoring after only 34 seconds, before making it 2-0 in the 29th minute with a brilliant volley.

His performance has earned him a place in Shearer's Matchweek 35 Team of the Week, alongside two of his Toffees team-mates.


Aaron Ramsdale (ARS)
"He made big saves at important times, keeping out Joe Willock when it was 0-0 and then denying Fabian Schar an equaliser."

Nayef Aguerd (WHU) 
"To keep Man Utd's front three anonymous in such an important match was no mean feat."

Craig Dawson (WOL) 
"A calm head and a rock at the back as Wolves picked up a win that has surely secured their Premier League status."

James Tarkowski (EVE) 
"An absolute warrior at the back for Everton just when they needed it."

Martin Odegaard (ARS)
"He set the tone for the day and ran the game at his pace. A wonderful goal capped another fantastic display." 

Abdoulaye Doucoure (EVE) 
"Stunned Brighton with the early opener and then hit a superb second. They've got to be the two most important goals of his career." 

Ilkay Gundogan (MCI) 
"Sensational performance from the German, scoring twice and producing exquisite link play. It was just a shame he missed the penalty for his hat-trick.” 

Dwight McNeil (EVE)
"Simply unplayable as he scored two goals and created two more. Everton needed big performances and he stepped up superbly.

Tom Cairney (FUL) 
"Hadn't scored in the Premier League this season and then two goals come along at once in a great performance! Too hot for Leicester to handle."

Taiwo Awoniyi (NFO)
"Showed strength and poise to score two goals that could just save Nottingham Forest from relegation."

Willian (FUL) 
"Gave Leicester's defence a torrid time, scoring two goals including a sublime finish for Fulham's fifth." 

Manager: Sean Dyche (EVE)
"No one saw that result coming! Managers have struggled with Roberto De Zerbi’s tactics ever since his arrival at Brighton, but Dyche had all the answers.” 

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