Everton summer signing Abdoulaye Doucoure has revealed the bold extent of his ambitions after netting his first goal for the club in a 3-2 thriller against Fulham at the weekend – insisting that he wants many more.

The French midfielder, signed from Watford in September after their relegation last season, capped a fine defensive midfield display with a close-ranged headed goal on the stroke of half-time from a Lucas Digne cross.

That goal may well prove to be a catalyst for Doucoure, who has spoken of his desire to score more consistently for the Toffees in comments offered to the club’s official website. The 27-year-old said:

It didn’t matter how we played, we needed to come back with three points after a difficult time. To score three goals in an away game is a very good sign for the future.

It felt good to score and it was very important for us. I worked hard in training to score my first goal. I was trying and trying and when you work hard, especially in this team, you get your rewards.

I worked hard during the international break to come back to my best level. That goal will help me a lot and I can score more goals to help the team. That is why Everton brought me here.

This goal and performance will help me a lot to settle even more at this club.

Everton began the season with four successive league victories but then hit a four-game winless run before their three-point haul at Craven Cottage last weekend.

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Despite being more accustomed to a deeper-lying role, these are encouraging words from Doucoure.

His intentions are emblematic of his own impressive work ethic and desire to help the team, and any deeper-lying offensive boost can only be a good thing for Ancelotti’s side.

With luck, the best may well be yet to come from the 27-year-old.