By Will Butcher
Leeds manager Garry Monk has re-opened the first-team door to Senegal striker Souleymane Doukara.
The 24-year-old’s future had been plunged into doubt after making just one appearance for the Whites this season, coming off the bench during Leeds’ first win of the season against Sheffield Wednesday.
Monk spoke of Doukara in his pre-match press conference for Tuesday’s second round EFL Cup tie against Luton Town.
The former Swansea boss revealed that Doukara has “big potential” and a future at Elland Road, as quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Lee Sobot, via his Twitter account.
France-born striker Doukara, who qualifies for Senegal through his parents, has made 55 appearances for the Whites in league and cup encounters since joining from Italian outfit Catania.
Doukara, nicknamed ‘The Duke’ by Leeds fans, has scored just 12 goals for Leeds, with many of his appearances coming from the bench.
The former Juve Stabia loanee has less than 12 months remaining on his current Elland Road deal, and doubts have continued to mount after he only made the matchday squad twice during Monk’s tenure.
Leeds’ number 11 has fallen down the pecking order in Monk’s squad, with the signing of Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson from Kalmar FF. Doukara is currently third choice, behind Antonsson and top scorer Chris Wood.
Monk is expected to continue to bring in players this summer after welcoming ten new summer signings, the latest being Torino centre-back Pontus Jansson on-loan.
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