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Why Redfearn should start this Leeds United ace against Millwall

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Souleymane Doukara would be ideal for the clash against Millwall.

Leeds United’s Souleymane Doukara could play a key role as the Whites take on fellow Championship strugglers Millwall at Elland Road on Saturday.

The Yorkshire outfit currently sit in 17th place in the Championship, five points ahead of the Lions who currently occupy a standing inside the relegation zone.

It’s a huge match, and one Neil Redfearn’s men at the very least can’t afford to lose, yet given the visitors' away from of late – three wins in their last five away games – it is a realistic prospect.

Ian Holloway’s sides in recent years are renowned for playing football, building from the back and opting for a patient play rather than a typical percentage-based style commonly found in the second tier.

To counter the Lions building up possession from the back, Leeds will need to adopt a high line and put pressure on the defenders – a role perfect for speedy striker Doukara.

The French-born forward has featured sparingly of late, with the Whites instead opting for fellow striker Steve Morison, and results have shown in recent weeks it has been a valid decision.

  Goals per GameShots per GameKey Passes per GameTackles Won per GamePoss Won Att 3rd per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearancesMins Played
Souleymane Doukara 0.24 1.43 0.81 0.67 0.52 3.1 21 1,397
Steve Morison 0 1.69 0.85 0.54 0.08 0.69 13 744

However, as per the table provided by Opta Stats, 23-year-old Doukara has proven to be a more all-round striker than his Welsh teammate and his hard work in the final third has often been overlooked.

Aside from the goal threat which he possesses, Doukara hassles defences and defends from the front – averaging 0.52 turnovers in the final third and an impressive 3.1 ball recoveries per match.

The former Catania ace has plenty to offer the side, and his inclusion against a possession-based team has in the past worked brilliantly – proven by his display in the 2-0 victory over Derby County in December.

His involvement and willingness to defend from the front evidently has its advantages and up against an opponent such as Millwall, it could prove vital.

With tough fixtures against Middlesbrough, Ipswich and Watford upcoming, Redfearn can't afford to take any chances on Saturday as a negative result will leave his side in a whole heap of bother.

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