Leeds and Norwich face off in the Championship at Carrow Road on Tuesday evening.
Souleymane Doukara has arguably been the most successful of the host of signings brought to Elland Road in the summer by Massimo Cellino.
While a number of the foreign stars have yet to fully impress watching crowds, midfielder Tommaso Bianchi and Doukara have played key parts in stabilising Leeds following a turbulent start to the season, and the latters goalscoring and creativity have pulled the club put of a number of torrid situations.
Despite failing to claim a victory since the appointment of current head coach Darko Milanic - with two draws and two losses from his four games in charge - the playing squad is starting show positive signs of improvement - with Doukara starting every game as a striker since the Slovenian coach’s arrival.
Norwich have enjoyed a much more positive season than the Whites, following their relegation from the Premier League. Despite losing their opening game of the season to newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers, the club went on an impressive run of eight games without defeat, before losing two of their last three games to fall off the top of the Championship table.
Forward Cameron Jerome has been one of their standout performers, with the 28-year-old fulfilling duties all the along the front-line, and scoring six goals in just six starts.
With the Canaries looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 1-0 loss at struggling Fulham - while Leeds will be hoping to reward Milanic with his first three point haul - Jerome and Doukara will be battling it out to secure the victory for their respective sides.
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The pair have been heavily involved in the on-pitch success enjoyed by both teams this season, despite their comparative lack of minutes in relation to the full campaign. Having both featured for roughly half of the available action, they duo have shared eight goals between them - with Jerome netting six.
It is evident that the Norwich man is by far the stronger in front of goal, registering more shots per game than Doukara, as well as holding a higher conversion rate than the Senegalese forward. Despite having featured all across the front-line, as well as playing as a winger this season, Jerome is clearly and out-and-out striker, and his talents are wasted when he is located out of goalscoring position.
For Doukara, his game is the opposite, with his creative abilities far outweighing his goalscoring strengths - despite Milanic’s stubborn desire to play him as a centre-forward in every game. He has registered two assists - an incredible tally for one of the lowest scoring teams in the division - and, along with his two goals, he has played a part in almost half of the goals the Whites have scored this season. He successfully completes a dribble every game, and is always looking for the ball - evident by having nine more touches per game than Jerome.
He also plays a key pass every game, and it is the profligacy of his teammates that has brought his season down from the heights it should be reaching.
The pair of forwards are likely to start for their respective sides on Tuesday evening, and Jerome will be a threat in front of goal - as he always is. However, it is the position that Doukara plays in that could decide the game. His best performance came in the 3-1 victory at Bournemouth under Neil Redfearn, when he registered a goal and an assist from the number 10 position at the top of a diamond midfield. With Milanic continuing to use the diamond, he should be looking to deploy Doukara as the number 10, rather than as a goalscorer - allowing him to excel in his creative duties.