Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has spoken highly of Souleymane Doukara and Giuseppe Bellusci to The Yorkshire Evening Post.
Evans believes that both Doukara and Bellusci need to be shown that they are valued in order for them to play to the best of their abilities.
“As I’ve said before, at times Doukara’s been made to feel like he’s not good enough and I’d suggest that because of that he’s ended up playing like someone who isn’t good enough,” the Scot told The Yorkshire Evening Post.
“But a bit of confidence, a bit of a run in the team has turned him into a different player. I’m not saying we’re doing enough up front, because the stats show that we’re not, but he’s earned himself some deserved credit.”
About Bellusci, Evans said: “He’s another one who needs to feel valued. There’s a good defender in there, people are starting to see that, and as much as I’ve been critical of our defending this season I think it’s been decent recently.”
Doukara, who can play as a striker or as a winger, has been on the books of Leeds since 2014. The 24-year-old has stablished himself as am important player in the current Leeds set-up and has been among the goals.
Evans is getting the best out of Doukara, who also seems to be enjoying his football at the moment.
Meanwhile, defender Bellusci has returned to the Leeds starting lineup and is doing relatively well at the moment.
The Italian centre-back has played in 18 Premier League matches for the West Yorkshire outfit so far this season, creating two chances in the process.
The 26-year-old has a pass accuracy of 72% and a shot accuracy of 38%, and has won 22 headers, five dribbles and 34 tackles.