For a player who was already on the very fringes of the Leeds United squad, Souleymane Doukara may find the acquisition of Will Buckley a real blow to his future at the club.
Leeds announced via their official website that Buckley will sign on a three month loan with a view to signing a £1 million permanent deal.
He is the third winger to sign this summer, following Stuart Dallas and Jordan Botaka.
It ends any slim chances that head coach Uwe Rosler could repeat his experiment of picking Doukara to play out wide as he did in the pre-season, with fairly average performances to show for it.
He has been a regular on the bench this season, but Rosler is reluctant to use him, having selected to bring Doukara on for just five minutes of Championship football in 2015/16.
Loan, or a chance up front?
With the possibility of playing again on the wing now gone, there are three options left for how Doukara spends the next few months before January.
- Leeds could loan him out: Most probably to a League One side, but there could be interest from Championship rivals who lack squad depth.
- Keep him as a back-up striker: Leeds could still select Doukara on the bench regularly, if Rosler sees him as the best back-up to Chris Wood and Mirco Antenucci. Summer signing Lee Erwin could yet force his way onto the bench and take his spot.
- Back to the reserves: Former head coach Neil Redfearn did not rate Doukara highly enough to make him part of his 18-man matchday squad frequently late last season. We will soon see if Rosler really rates him, or has just been picking him to make the bench due to a lack of better options.