Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn gives update on outcast striker Souleymane Doukara

Neil Redfearn

The Frenchman has not been regular in the Leeds team for a while now.

Neil Redfearn has turned around the fortunes of Leeds United in recent weeks and one of the main reasons behind this good form has been his reintroduction of previous outcasts.

The likes of Steve Morison, Luke Murphy and Scott Wootton have all come back into the side in recent weeks with relative aplomb.

It has meant however that several of the so-called 'Cellino signings' are missing out. That includes striker Souleymane Doukara.

The French striker was signed from Catania after spending the previous season on loan at Serie B strugglers Juve Stabia. Initially signed on loan, Leeds made the deal permanent in September.

He had a reasonably impressive start to life in his Leeds career but has recently been out of touch. Redfearn has certainly not been as keen to use him as Dave Hockaday and Darko Milanic were. The striker, who has scored five goals for the club this season, has not played since the 1-1 draw v Birmingham City in mid-January and has not started a game in 2015.

Yesterday, during his weekly press conference, Redfearn addressed the issue. As can be heard on the official Leeds audioboom site the gaffer said:

"The penny's beginning to drop. Allied to the obvious ability they [Adryan and Souleymane Doukara] have got, you have to put a shift in. That's all you're asking.

"Obviously Souleymane is going through the same process [as Adryan]. He's looked a lot brighter in training I have to say. If these boys are prepared to put a shift in then they'll get their chance."

Instead of Doukara Redfearn has opted for the more teamwork orientated, but perhaps less goal-getting, option of Steve Morison. While the goal tally suggests he might have made an error, the results don't/ Leeds have won four out of their last five games and are creeping away from the relegation battle.

However, just like Adryan, Doukara is a good option for Leeds so fans will be hoping he continues to push in training, as his talents could certainly come in handy in the busy second half of the season.

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