Out-of-favour Leeds star gives emphatic response when asked about move
By Will Butcher
Souleymane Doukara has revealed that a move away from Leeds was the last thing on his mind this summer.
The Senegalese forward has given manager Garry Monk a selection headache at Elland Road after coming off the bench to single-handedly secure three points against Burton Albion on Saturday.
The 25-year-old first won a penalty which was duly converted by top scorer Chris Wood, before Doukara himself bundled home a golden chance to complete the 2-0 win against the Brewers.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post after the match, the former Catania striker revealed that a summer move was never in the striker’s thinking, despite the signing of Swedish star Marcus Antonsson.
“No, never,” Doukara said, when asked if a summer move was considered. “I knew my time would come when I’d have my opportunity and that I’d get my chance.
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“You need to stay focused, work hard and come back strong. I know I can do something and everyone in the squad is pushing me to the best level.”
Doukara is one of the only players to have remained in Yorkshire from the 15 signings made by controversial owner Massimo Cellino during his first summer in charge.
Marco Silvestri, Gaetano Berardi and Liam Cooper remain with the club, while the likes of Casper Sloth, Tommaso Bianchi and Mirco Antenucci were all allowed to leave this summer.
Impetuous defender Giuseppe Bellusci also left this summer, but is only on loan at Serie A side Empoli.
Doukara will be hoping his resurgence in Garry Monk’s first-team plans will be enough to earn him a new contract, with less than 12 months remaining on his current deal.