Settling into City under Guardiola can notoriously take time for new signings to settle, yet Doku has made an instant impact since a 55m summer switch from Rennes. The speedy forward has wowed City staff and fans with his exciting displays and has even ousted Jack Grealish from the starting lineup for some big games.
Doku is happy to have exceeded expectations, but knows that he can still improve his game. The 21-year-old is enjoying working with Guardiola and expects that partnership to continue to pay off as they continue to gel.
“When I first came here, people didnt expect me to play, maybe not from the start. But I am doing it and that is good because it is a top team and playing minutes in this team is a good thing,” he said.
“I can always be better, be more efficient and help the team more in the final third. Those are some parts of the game that I can still work on, so its not perfect. But I think I am having a good start and I just need to keep going.
“[Guardiola] can take me to the next level. Thats also why I took this chance to come here because I know the manager and I know how he can help me to reach the top.
“He helps me a lot, especially on the details and he lets me be myself because you can see on the pitch that I am just being myself. He helps me with the details to be a better player. He helps me a lot.
Doku has bagged three goals in all competitions since arriving at City and also has more assists than any other player with six despite only arriving once the season had started. He managed one goal and four assists in the 6-1 win over Bournemouth in November.
It is dribbling where Doku is in a league of his own though, comfortably shooting to the top of the charts for completed dribbles in individual matches and across the season even though he has not played as many minutes as others. Whether it leads to goals for him or for his teammates, the Frenchman is more interested in being a threat than racking up statistics for his reputation.
Honestly, I dont really think about statistics. I just want to play well and want to play a good game,” he said. “I am not the type of player that just wants to score one goal in a game and then be invisible for the rest of the game.