By Alex Stevens
Souleymane Doukara sealed the win for Leeds against Reading on Tuesday night – and fans took to Twitter to hail his performance.
The Senegalese forward slotted home a penalty in the 90th minute to supplement Chris Wood’s earlier striker and hand Garry Monk’s side a notable 2-0 Championship triumph against the third-placed visitors.
It was Doukara’s third league goal of the season as he became the second leading scorer in the competition behind main man Wood, who is way out clear with 11 league strikes and 14 in all competitions.
Doukara was initially tasked with a new central attacking midfield role in Garry Monk’s improvised 4-1-4-1 and then took on the spearhead role when Wood was withdrawn after 33 minutes due to a hamstring problem.
Fans took to social media in the aftermath of Tuesday’s match to pay tribute to the growing effectiveness of the forward and even predicted an international call-up for him.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Love Doukara as an unorthodox winger/inside forward. So much power and presence #lufc
— Nick Ansell (@NickAnsell) December 14, 2016
— Leeds Fan in Chicago (@ChicagoWhite) December 14, 2016
— Nathan Brien (@nath_brien) December 14, 2016
— Aiden James (@furgulcast) December 13, 2016
Garry Monk has now won 15 of his 26 matches since taking charge of @LUFC (58%). And turned Doukara into ?⚽️.
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) December 13, 2016
Out of all the Cellino signings, who honestly thought it would be doukara to stay and play in the first team? #lufc
— TP (@Palemeister) December 13, 2016
Leeds’ landmark win in a game in which they had just 22 per cent possession lifts them back to fifth in the Championship table and provided further evidence that they can challenge for a play-off position this season.
It was the Yorkshire giants’ 11th league win of an increasingly impressive season, and narrows the gaps on Newcastle in the second automatic promotion place to eight points.