3 crosses, 3 aerial duels won - Should Redfearn start Sharp for Leeds?

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Is it time for Leeds boss Neil Redfearn to make a change up front?

Souleymane Doukara was a fine signing for Leeds United this summer.

But the Frenchman's recent form, put simply, hasn't been good enough for Neil Redfearn's side.

Yesterday afternoon, against a Fulham side that has conceded the most goals in the whole of the Championship, Leeds failed to net once at Elland Road.

And, for Doukara, that is becoming a growing trend. The 23-year-old is a player of quality but is out of form and has been inconsistent of late - to say the least.

If Leeds fans have been wondering who can replace him, meanwhile, yesterday provided a timely reminder.

  Accurate CrossesAerial Duels WonTouchesFinal-Third EntriesChances CreatedMinutes Played
Billy Sharp 3 3 19 2 1 30
Souleymane Doukara 0 0 33 3 1 60

Indeed, as Opta stats show, Billy Sharp made a considerable impact after coming on in the second half against Fulham.

Yes, the Yorkshire side still failed to score with the 28-year-old on-field but he did far more than Doukara in just half as many minutes.

Sharp was particularly effective with his crosses, landing three, and also won three aerial duels (Doukara made zero of each here). The Leeds substitute was also far more productive in terms of his minutes per touch and final-third entry from deep.

Frenchman Doukara certainly has plenty to offer United but it might just be time for Redfearn to give him a little rest. And Sharp's Elland Road cameo proves Leeds have someone they can trust to fill the void in the meantime.

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