Lacks end product: Why Leeds must axe Monk favourite to aid promotion
By Dominic Toner
Leeds must drop attacker Souleymane Doukara for the rest of the season in their pursuit of promotion as he lacks end product in forward positions.
The 25-year-old has been a regular feature in the starting line-up this season and usually operates in a wide position.
He is highly rated by manager Garry Monk and often starts matches due to his energy and work-rate.
However, Doukara has shown on countless occasions that he lacks composure in front of goal and also fails to deliver the final ball in vital moments.
The Whites need to exploit the creative players in their squad until the rest of the season and have them in fine form going into the play-offs.
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Monk should consider the likes of Alfonso Pedraza, Mo Barrow and Kemar Roofe as stronger options who could make a greater impact in a game with a piece of individual skill.
Leeds are well organised as a side with a very strong defensive set-up, but are still too reliant on 25-goal striker Chris Wood.
They can’t depend solely on the forward to fire them all the way to the Premier League and will need extra threats in the play-offs, which seems the most likely route for the fourth-placed Yorkshire giants.
Doukara has made 29 appearances this season across all competitions and chipped in with just just five goals and three assists.
The attacker has scored just one goal in his last 12 Championship appearances and doesn’t look like he can be a match winner.
Monk has the options to look elsewhere in his squad and January addition Pedraza showed off the bench on Friday night the damage he can cause.
The winger replaced Doukara in the 73rd minute and went on to score a late goal in a 3-1 victory over Birmingham.
In other Leeds news, Noel Whelan admits he is concerned about the form of this first-teamer.