By Alex Stevens
Souleymane Doukara has played his way back into Garry Monk’s thinking with his display in Tuesday’s League Cup triumph over Norwich on Tuesday, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post hailed the performance of the French-Senegalese striker in what was only his second senior start of the season.
It was also his his first meaningful appearance for Leeds since coming on as a 67th-minute substitute for Marcus Antonsson in the 1-0 league loss at home to Huddersfield Town on September 10 (Doukara also came on as an 89th-minute sub in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Wolves).
The 25-year-old, who joined Leeds in 2014 and is out of contract next summer, lined up alongside Antonsson in a two-pronged attack and teed up the equaliser goal for his strike partner shortly before half-time and also laid on an open goal on a plate for Alex Mowatt, who spurned the opportunity.
Doukara received generous applause from the Elland Road faithful when he was withdrawn with nine minutes of normal time remaining.
“Doukara is inconsistent but he was a thorn in Norwich’s side throughout, showing bundles of energy and enthusiasm,” the Yorkshire Evening Post wrote.
“United are clearly very short of options in the striking department after failing to bring in a new addition on transfer deadline day and displays like Tuesday’s from Doukara are just what the doctor ordered for Leeds and head coach Garry Monk.
“If the 25-year-old can repeat the dose and add more consistency to his game then plenty of other opportunities for him should be forthcoming.”
First-half goals from Alex Pritchard and Antonsson sent the game into extra-time, before Chris Wood cancelled out Nelson Oliviera’s goal to take the game to penalties.
The Whites secured a 3-2 win on penalties against Championship rivals Norwich to book their place in the quarter-final draw of the League Cup, which takes place on Wednesday night.