Leeds United striker Souleymane Doukara wants to play for Senegal – could be play at the African Cup of Nations?
Whilst the controversy over Leeds owner Massimo Cellino rumbles on, the Italian did bring in a host of talented foreign players over the summer months.
Players such as Marco Silvestri, Tommaso Bianchi, Adryan and Mirco Antenucci have all impressed having arrived in the summer, but Souleymane Doukara has added much needed athleticism in attack.
Strong and pacy, Doukara has been superb since joining from Catania, scoring seven goals in 16 games and forming a great partnership with Antenucci.
One lingering situation over Doukara surrounds his international allegiance. Whilst born in France, the 23-year-old made it clear during his time with Juve Stabia earlier in 2014 that he wants to play for Senegal – who he can play for via his parents.
“I would love to wear the colors of Senegal because it is still the land of my parents, they would certainly be very proud of me and I would consider it a privilege,” he admitted.
Now though, the African Cup of Nations is on the horizon, and Senegal could be seeking attacking reinforcements amid injury concerns over Diafra Sakho and Papiss Cisse – which would surely put Doukara in the frame.
Manager Alain Giresse does still have Demba Ba, Mame Biram Diouf and Dame N’Doye at his disposal, but if Cisse or Sakho miss out, Doukara would be excellent cover.
Of course, Leeds will be hoping that this isn’t the case. If he does get called up, Doukara will head of to Equatorial Guinea for the competition, ruling him out of action for Leeds for a maximum of three weeks, depending on Senegal’s progress through the competition.
Doukara’s performances for the Whites merit consideration from Senegal, and if injuries continue to be a factor for Giresse, it would be no surprise to see Doukara called up – especially considering that Ba and Makhete Diop are the only Senegalese forwards to have scored more goals than Doukara this season.