69 touches, one goal, one assist - Leeds star dominates Bournemouth win

Souleymane Doukara was the standout performer as Leeds United came from behind to defeat Bournemouth 3-1.

Souleymane Doukara, 22, completed a loan switch to Elland Road in July, before making his move to Yorkshire permanent earlier this month.

The former Catania forward, who can play all along the front line, is well renowned for his pace, power and dribbling ability, and his goalscoring talents were on show when he netted twice against Accrington Stanley in the League Cup.

With the Whites current inability to fashion a high number of scoring chances, the injury suffered by the youngster in August - which kept him out for a number of weeks - reduced the attacking efficiency of the team.

However, upon his return to the team, Doukara once again displayed his talents, scoring one goal and assisting another in Tuesday’s 3-1 victory at Bournemouth.

The Senegalese attacker was playing just behind the strikers in Leeds Untied’s favoured diamond midfield, and he returned the equaliser after running on to a perfectly weighted through ball from Tommaso Bianchi, before himself turning creator by setting up Mirco Antenucci to round off the game minutes from the end.

His match winning impact was extremely effective, and Doukara was rightfully named man of the match in a game that Bournemouth dominated - and should have won were it not for his brilliance.

  PositionMatchMins PlayedGoal AssistKey PassGoalsShots
Souleymane Doukara FW Bournemouth vs Leeds 90 1 2 1 2

As can be seen, Doukara netted one of his two total shots, and made a goal with one of his two key passes. In a team that are currently creating fewest shots per game - with 8.4 off target, and just 2.6 on target - to have a player with the precision of Doukara is vastly important. His effectiveness in creating match-winning actions from minimal possession - with Leeds holding just 39% of the ball - can be the difference between struggling for relegation and having a serious fight for promotion.

Whilst his match-winning ability is evident, the youngster’s desire to always attack went under the radar - but it is a trait of his game that should be rewarded with a goal tally easily reaching double figures.

  Successful DribblesTouchesWas FouledDispossessed
Doukara 75% 69 2 6

He had 69 touches of the ball, second in the entire Leeds team, and won three of his four attempted dribbles - with a completion rate of 75%; he attempted and completed the highest number in the entire game. Having held the ball for such a long period of time, Doukara is also effective at winning tactical free-kicks in dangerous areas, having been fouled twice. This was a wise move, and a display of remarkable maturity, in a game that Bournemouth dominated - allowing the Whites to reorganise in the short break between winning and taking the set-piece.

However, the one weakness in his game also comes from the amount he touches the ball, having been dispossessed a remarkably high six times - second to the Cherries Yann Kermorgant. If he wants to improve upon his already effective style of play, keeping hold of the ball is a key ability to work on.

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