Should Leeds United actually give Souleymane Doukara a chance?
Souleymane Doukara's 2015 has been a tough one. After spending the first few months of last season in the Leeds side, he struggled to even make the bench.
A woeful display away to Derby was the tipping point, and being dropped was the right call, but the scale of his omission was a bit surprising for a player who had scored five goals for the club until this point.
Under new head coach Uwe Rosler, he is third choice striker behind Chris Wood and Mirco Antenucci, which has led to limited opportunities given the boss' preference to play with one up front.
Doukara has been a regular on the bench at least, possibly also connected to the versatility he showed in pre-season capable to play on the wing. It clearly was not a role he was comfortable in, but he did not let the side down either.
Just 5 minutes
The problem is that Doukara's presence on the bench is blocking summer signing Lee Erwin getting a chance, who has had to make do with under-21 football.
Doukara has played only five minutes of football across two substitute appearances this season.
With results poor, Uwe Rosler seemingly does not trust Doukara to be a game changer, which begs the question, why include him on the bench at all, and why not give Erwin a chance?
That's one call. The other is to make the potentially unpopular call of giving Doukara a real chance to prove himself.
This could be either with a start, or a whole half, or at least half an hour to show what he can do. Having had so long out of the side, the attacker will have real reason to want to prove himself, which could work to the club's advantage.
If he fails, then Leeds and Rosler in particular will have learned he is not the answer from the bench when they need him, and can start giving Erwin opportunities.
The half-way situation he is in at present does not help Doukara, nor Erwin, or Leeds themselves as a whole, otherwise it is a bench spot wasted.