Souleymane Doukara has surely forced Leeds into a U-turn

Leeds United's Souleymane Doukara scores the second goal

Leeds did not plan to offer Souleymane Doukara a new contract but surely he has now forced their hand.

Leeds United's Souleymane Doukara scores the second goalLeeds United's Souleymane Doukara 

Leeds United star Souleymane Doukara made a big impact at the weekend as he won a penalty in his side's 2-0 win over Brighton.

It was the latest key contribution from the attacker over the past few months as he continues to show he can be a valuable squad player.

Yet questions hang over Doukara's future.

He is out of contract at the end of the season, and the Yorkshire Evening Post reported late last year that Leeds did not plan to offer him an extension.

Now surely the 25-year-old has done enough to earn a new deal.

It is not just his contribution at the weekend which underscores this, but the way he has battled to earn a spot over the past few weeks.

Doukara is not Leeds' most talented player, but he does on occasion have the ability to change games for them. He can be hit and miss, but when he gets it right, he can be a valuable option.

He scored a spectacular goal in the win over Nottingham Forest earlier in 2017, one of five league goals he has netted this season.

He was written off when Leeds added wingers Mo Barrow and Alfonso Pedraza on deadline day, but he has continued to show he has a role in the side.

If Leeds win promotion, his chances will be tougher with further quality likely to be added in the summer, but Doukara has demonstrated he deserves an opportunity to fight for his spot. 

Chris Wood of Leeds United celebrates scoring his teams second goal with Souleymane DoukaraChris Wood of Leeds United celebrates scoring his teams second goal with Souleymane Doukara

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