Doucoure and Pogba, each 25, had been born simply two months aside and performed alongside one another recurrently for France’s youth groups earlier than the latter made the step-up to senior soccer in 2013.
Regardless of his spectacular performances for unbeaten Watford over the previous couple of seasons, Doucoure is but to function for his nation at senior stage whereas Pogba received the World Cup this summer season.
Though the pair haven’t been on the identical group for 5 years, Doucoure says that they nonetheless discuss and he believes that Pogba’s extroverted persona has a optimistic affect on his performances.
‘He was the identical (particular person). He preferred to indicate off. He’s a really good man, at all times very pure.At present he’s in a special dimension. He’s a celebrity now,’ Doucoure stated.
‘I’ve recognized him for a very long time. It’s at all times nice to play towards him. After all, I wish to be higher than him on the pitch and assist my group as a lot as I can to attempt to win this battle in midfield.
‘We communicate collectively typically. I despatched him a message in the course of the World Cup and congratulated him.
‘He has this persona. He received this as a result of he’s good on the pitch. Paul and (Manchester Metropolis’s Benjamin) Mendy carry lots of persona and showcase. It’s good.’
Since re-signing for Manchester United from Juventus in an £89m deal two years in the past, Pogba has ceaselessly been criticised for apparently being extra all for off-field issues than on the pitch.
His propensity to vary his haircut ceaselessly has irked pundits notably when his kind has been inconsistent underneath Jose Mourinho, with whom he’s stated to have a troublesome relationship.
However, Pogba confirmed his class for France in the course of the World Cup, even scoring of their closing win over Croatia, whereas he has additionally been on the rating sheet twice already within the Premier League.
Doucoure won’t have earned senior recognition with France simply but however he has emerged as one of the extremely rated midfielders outdoors of the highest six golf equipment within the Premier League over the previous 12-months.
He scored seven objectives and missed only one league match all through final season and has been an ever-present to this point this marketing campaign as Watford have received all 4 of their matches.