Pushing to impress Monk: Controversial Leeds star Doukara steps up fitness fight

Sheffield Wednesday's Daniel Pudil (L) in action with Leeds United's Souleymane Doukara

Leeds striker Souleymane Doukara is pushing to enter pre-season in top shape.

Sheffield Wednesday's Daniel Pudil (L) in action with Leeds United's Souleymane DoukaraSheffield Wednesday's Daniel Pudil (L) in action with Leeds United's Souleymane Doukara

After missing most of the end of last season through suspension, Souleymane Doukara is aiming to enter 2016/17 in top shape.

The striker has been working hard on his fitness with one on one personal training sessions in Paris during the past month, rather than sitting idly or partying on holiday.

A number of brief video clips of his training have been posted on Instagram, showing what the 'Duke' has been up to.

 

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Doukara missed eight games at the end of last season after a suspension for biting Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta.

He has been at Leeds for two seasons, experiencing mixed spells under the various head coaches he has played under.

Leeds United's Souleymane Doukara (C) celebrates after scoring their second goalLeeds United's Souleymane Doukara (C) celebrates after scoring their second goal

It was under recently departed boss Steve Evans under who he played his best football, picked regularly early in 2016 with Chris Wood out injured.

Last season he showed he can be a useful squad player, able to chip in with goals and make an impact off the bench - having been sent to the under-21s under Neil Redfearn and Uwe Rosler.

Leeds United's Souleymane Doukara celebrates scoring their first goalLeeds United's Souleymane Doukara celebrates scoring their first goal

Doukara is evidently hoping to gain an edge to impress new head coach Garry Monk, who was appointed earlier this month.

If he makes a good impression in pre-season then Doukara could secure his place in Leeds' squad next season - and whether fans want him in the team or not, at the very least his attitude should be commended.

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