Doukara's re-emergence at Leeds shows mistake potentially made with Nicky Ajose

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How well did Leeds United's former bosses assess talent?

Souleymane Doukara was Leeds United's match winner at the weekend, scoring against Bristol City in the 1-0 win.

During the past two months under Steve Evans, Doukara has gone from Leeds outcast to vital first team player, and the head coach deserves credit for hauling him off the scrapheap.

Doukara now has three goals for the season, and is showing he can step in and fill the void with Chris Wood out injured. Not every performance has been top quality, but he has added to the side and shown the club were right to hang onto him.

His displays pose a question as to quite why he was ostracised under previous bosses Neil Redfearn and Uwe Rosler, and deemed not even worthy of a place on the bench.

It would have been very easy for Leeds to sell him in the summer or even release him, as they did with Nicky Ajose, another player considered nor worthy of first team action.

He was released after no clubs met Leeds' asking price in the summer, and signed with Swindon Town.

Since signing for the League One side he has been in prolific form. The 24-year-old attacker has netted 14 goals in 23 games and is the club's top scorer.

With Doukara defying his critics and contributing for Leeds, it asks a legitimate question whether Ajose, who made only four appearances for the club, could have been a factor too.

Steve Evans may well have been able to get him playing, and his ability to get Doukara making an impact casts doubts over whether Redfearn and Rosler were too close minded on his ability - and that of Ajose's too.

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