Leeds United manager Uwe Rosler has told LUTV that Souleymane Doukara showed 'encouraging signs' against Hoffenheim - but admits the player still needs to improve.
The Whites fell to a 2-1 defeat against the Bundesliga side in Norway today, with goals from Mark Uth and Steven Zuber handing Hoffenheim the win, though Tom Adeyemi had scored to equalise before Zuber's winner.
The game was a great test for Leeds, who are in Championship action in just two weeks time - and vital for new manager Rosler as he looks to evaluate his squad.
Rosler's starting line up saw forward Souleymane Doukara handed a start out wide, with the 23-year-old looking to bounce back after a disappointing end to last season.
Doukara has become something of a forgotten man at Elland Road, but having played an hour against Hoffenheim, manager Rosler told LUTV that he saw 'encouraging signs' from the player - but believes he still must do more off the ball if he is to nail down a regular spot in the Leeds side.
"I think on the ball, yes, but without the ball, Sully knows he has to work very hard," said Rosler. "He was putting a lot of effort in, I think there were a lot of encouraging signs from him today. He wants to do well and was chasing everything, but I think, physical wise, there is a little bit to go."
Can Doukara become a regular out wide?
Leeds have a lack of options to play on the flanks, and whilst manager Rosler will be looking to bring in players to play there, Doukara may have played his way into contention.
Doukara possesses pace and drive, and whilst Rosler acknowledged that the player needs to improve yet, he presents an option for the Leeds boss should he fail to sign a winger.
Having already experimented with Casper Sloth in that role during pre-season, Rosler may now have stumbled upon a more viable alternative - and it would now be interesting to see whether Doukara is in contention against Burnley on the opening day of the season.