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Could Souleymane Doukara be a huge player for Leeds in 2016?

The 24-year-old finished 2015 strongly. Can Leeds fans expect more this year?

Steve Evans seems to have looked at some things upside down since taking over at Leeds United.

The Scot has got some things wrong but plenty right. Some factors have also remained constant under Evans - Charlie Taylor still looks supreme, for instance.

But Leeds have changed already under their new head coach. Sam Byram, for one, has looked lethal in recent weeks - never the case under Uwe Rosler.

One of the biggest differences, however, has been Souleymane Doukara. And Rosler certainly wasn't the only manager who couldn't get anything out of him!

Critics may suggest they need to see it to believe it - the 24-year-old has been as good as absent for the majority of his time at Leeds and his recent resurgence has only been a short-term one.

Under Evans, though, Doukara looks like a very good player indeed, as opposed to barely appearing a player in the first place. The Leeds boss has used him off the bench to great effect and the Frenchman has made link-up play in the final third and the exploitation of space left in behind look extremely easy.

Could this Doukara be a huge player for the Whites in 2016?

There's no reason he can't. It's just about whether the forward can maintain his current approach. With Evans at the helm, it looks as though he might do.

Is it simply a case of the manager giving it to Doukara straight and telling him in no uncertain terms to perform? Whatever it is, the Frenchman proved a game-changer against both Wolves and Nottingham Forest. And he looked the exact opposite of the much-maligned forward Leeds fans and observers have slated for so many months.

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