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Steve Evans says he's promised Leeds forward Souleymane Doukara the biggest opportunity of his life

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Souleymane Doukara has scored four goals in his last six appearances for Leeds United.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has told Radio Yorkshire that he has promised Souleymane Doukara that he will be given the biggest opportunity of his life.

Doukara had appeared to be heading towards the exit door at Elland Road, with his first-team chances severely limited over the early part of the campaign.

However, he has now been handed a run of matches and Evans feels that he is looking like a high-value striker.

“I said in the dressing room afterwards, that if we signed this kid for £4-5 million from the Premier League, people would be saying what a bargain he is,” Evans said.

“When I arrived he didn’t feel loved, and that’s harsh, especially when he has a reasonable CV, having played in Serie A.

“I told him that I was going to give him the biggest opportunity of his life and he’s enjoying every minute of it.”

Evans has selected Doukara to start up front in Leeds’ last six matches, and he has scored on four occasions.

Prior to his impressive recent goal-scoring run, the 24-year-old had failed to score in 12 appearances in the first few months of the season.

However, Doukara now seems to have jumped ahead of Mirco Antenucci in the pecking order at Elland Road.

Antenucci has rarely featured of late, despite an injury to summer signing Chris Wood, and there has been talk in the Yorkshire Evening Post suggesting that the forward could be set to return to Italy.

Leeds are also believed to be looking for another front man, with Barnsley’s Sam Winnall the latest to be linked in the YEP.

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