Did Leeds United make a mistake signing Souleymane Doukara permanently?

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Souleymane Doukara signed permanently with Leeds United earlier in the season, but would he have been better off as a loanee instead?

Souleymane Doukara remains Leeds United's third highest goalscorer this season. It's a fact which is a little remarkable considering he has not started a single Championship game in 2015.

Doukara signed a permanent deal on deadline day back in September, agreeing to replace his season long loan agreement with a three-year contract.

Despite a relatively impressive start, this is looking like it may be a mistake on the part of both club and player.

He has fallen out of favour with head coach Neil Redfearn, having been seemingly made a scapegoat along with Adryan for their poor run in December. This culminated with his worst performance of his Leeds career, in a 2-0 loss at Derby in which no player in white did themselves justice, and he was substituted on 66 minutes.

Since then the longest in a single game he has played in a Leeds shirt is a 16 minute spell as a substitute in a 2-0 loss to Brighton, but frequently he has not even made the bench, similar to another outcast, Adryan.

While the Brazilian is on a season long loan and the club can cut ties with him at the season's end, they are seemingly stuck with Doukara.

At 23-years-old he is a player who has proven that he can contribute at Championship level, scoring five goals in the division and a further two in the League Cup. His five league goals are the same as Billy Sharp, and of course five more than Steve Morison has for the club.

There is perhaps talent there and potential which Leeds could harness, but clearly he is not a player Neil Redfearn rates, and for this reason he might just be better off elsewhere, and the club could put his wages to better use on a player the head coach feels adds better value to his set up.

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