Leeds United would like to see Souleymane Doukara make way for new signing Alfonso Pedraza

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Leeds United's makeshift winger produced one of his most disappointing performances of the season against Huddersfield Town.

Souleymane Doukara will never hit a ball so sweetly again. One thumping swing of his right-boot from the edge of the area exploded the Nottingham Forest net in January’s 2-0 win, lifting the Elland Road crowd off their seats, united in both jubilation and disbelief.

However, such a moment of picturebook magic does not necessarily mean Doukara can consider the fans ‘won over’. An ineffective performance in the Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield Town last weekend re-established his reputation as one of the most divisive players in Garry Monk’s squad.

Especially now the arrivals of Modou Barrow and Alfonso Pedraza, orthodox, out-and-out wingers rather than a hard-working stop-gap, means the manager suddenly has more options and depth at his disposal.

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And a number of Leeds fans are in no doubt as to who should be the fall guy for Sunday’s 2-1 loss at the John Smith’s - especially after Pedraza replaced him midway through the first half and immediately impressed with his pace and direct running.

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It’s testament to Doukara’s character that he earned himself a route back into the first-team early in the season when his departure appeared a foregone conclusion. Now, however, after a disappointing display too many, he could find themselves back on the bench sooner rather than later.

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