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Released by Leeds United in the summer, Souleymane Doukara is now tasked with replacing Samuel Eto'o

David Button of Fulham (L) and Souleymane Doukara of Leeds United (C) watch on as Tim Ream of Fulham (R) scores an own goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds...

The French attacker has been signed by Antalyaspor as a replacement for the departing Cameroon striker.

Samuel Eto arrives for The Best FIFA Football Awards - Green Carpet Arrivals on October 23, 2017 in London, England.Samuel Eto arrives for The Best FIFA Football Awards 

This month saw Turkish side Antalyaspor lose many of their eye catching star signings as they cut down on wages and aimed to build a team ready to fight relegation. Samir Nasri and Samuel Eto’o, the marquee men at the club, were allowed to leave.

Eto’o, considered one of the best strikers of his generation, ended up remaining in Turkey and joined relegation rivals Konyaspor on a free transfer. That brought an end to his successful spell with the club, where he scored 44 goals in 77 appearances for the club.

Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o runs with the ball during the UEFA football Champions League final against Manchester United on May 27, 2009 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. AFP PHOTOBarcelona's Samuel Eto'o runs with the ball during the UEFA football Champions League final 

So how do the Turkish side go about replacing the legend that is Eto’o?

Well Leeds United fans, you might not believe this.

Because the player they have brought in to replace Eto’o is none other than former Leeds player Souleymane Doukara.

He has been signed from Osmanlispor, who are also in the relegation scrap, where he has spent the last seven months after his release from Leeds. During his time with the Turkish club he scored five goals in 19 appearances and that appears to have been enough to convince Antalyaspor that he might be able to fill the void left by the departure of the goal-machine that is Eto’o.

David Button of Fulham (L) and Souleymane Doukara of Leeds United (C) watch on as Tim Ream of Fulham (R) scores an own goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds...David Button of Fulham (L) and Souleymane Doukara of Leeds watch on as Tim Ream of Fulham (R) scores an own goal

Doukara had an indifferent spell at Leeds after joining from Catania in 2014. He was however one of the few Massimo Cellino led signings who managed to stick around and put in some good cameo performances, particularly under the management of Garry Monk. He will always be memorable, either for that volley v Nottingham Forest or when he decided to bite Fulham's Fernando Amorebieta.

Now he faces the fresh task of keeping his new club in the Turkish top-flight and filling the boots of a striker who graced Barcelona and Inter Milan with his presence.

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