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Souleymane Doukara's football idol is Nicolas Anelka, but he has been far from 'Le Sulk'

Leeds' Souleymane Doukara celebrates scoring their second goal

The Leeds United forward has proven many a fan and pundit wrong this season.

Souleymane Doukara scores Leeds United's second goalSouleymane Doukara scores Leeds United's second goal

Back in 2013 Leeds United forward Souleymane Doukara was discussing his career, whilst still a Catania player. The Frenchman was discussing how he came to be playing the game in Italy.

He even mentioned the player he looked up to the most. He stated to Foot Mercato:

“I do not have a model. But the player I like most is Nicolas Anelka. I like his style of play, his way of being.”

Nicolas Anelka was undoubtedly quite the player and one most footballers would happily emulate. At least, that is, on the pitch. The former Arsenal and Chelsea striker was known in the English game as ‘Le Sulk’ for some of his antics off the pitch.

But Doukara is far from that.

At the start of the season it seemed the Massimo Cellino-Nicola Salerno recruit was deadweight at Elland Road. He was not featuring for the team and Garry Monk seemingly had no use for him.

Just like the likes of Mirco Antenucci, Casper Sloth or Giusepee Bellusci, who all arrived that summer, it seemed as though Doukara would be turfed out.

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But did he sulk? Did he moan? Maybe in private, but in public he worked hard in training and in October was brought back into the Leeds fold.

He has since gone on to establish himself in the plans for Leeds manager Monk and has featured in 30 games for Leeds this season, scoring five goals, and playing in a number of different positions.

He has proven himself a true team player and Leeds fans must surely appreciate being proven wrong by the 25-year-old.

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