Souleymane Doukara has definitely had an up and down career at Leeds United since joining in sumer 2014. He enjoyed some success in his early career but his goal against Rotherham at the weekend was his first competitive goal for the club since November 2014.
He has been left out of the squad many more times then he has been included. He has spent so much time on the bench at Leeds that he has his own personalised seat.
‘Douk’ has been given another opportunity recently under head coach Steve Evans and his performances have been very 50/50. He was brought on as an early substitute in the away game vs Wolves and made an instant impact. He was holding the ball up well, playing the ball into excellent positions for winger Sam Byram and strike partner Chris Wood. He came out of this match as a hero in West Yorkshire and leaving people wondering where he’s been for the past year and believing the Evans was a tactical genius.
He seems to put in excellent performances when he plays with a strike partner, either Mirco Antennucci or Chris Wood. When he plays off the main striker he puts balls in to the box or into the wings so chances are created, however when he is the loan striker it is a completely different story.
Steve Evans has used the 4-1-4-1 formation to great effect recently, especially in away games, and when Chris Wood is the loan striker he plays it perfectly, however Doukara has different qualities to Wood. With Wood currently injured it leaves the striker option open for with Antenucci or Doukara and in the past few games Doukara has got the nod ahead of the Italian.
Against MK Dons Leeds were very lucky to leave with a point, only a poor own goal meant that Leeds achieved a draw. Doukara did not hold the ball up well, or create chances. He was very poor. A completely different man to the one who came on against Wolves. The main different being against Wolves Doukara had a strike partner, Chris Wood played most of that game with the Frenchman with Antennucci coming on for the last 10 minutes. He played so well in that game with a strike partner and against MK Dons with no strike partner he was awful.
Doukara is a different man when he plays with Wood, Antennucci or dare I say it Lee Erwin. Although Evans likes to play a more defensive formation away from home he needs to realise Doukara is a different man when he plays with a striker partner and if he wants to get the best out of his players he needs to play the best formation to suit his players.