By Emma Sanders
Leeds striker Souleymane Doukara has identified Garry Monk’s support as a key factor in his return to action, after being side-lined for most of the season.
Doukara came on as a substitute against Burton Albion on Saturday and scored his first goal since March to help his side record a 2-0 victory.
The Leeds forward is yet to start a Championship game this season but Doukara has praised his manager, stating the belief shown by Monk has spurred him on to regain his fitness and challenge for a place in the team.
“He’s been good to me. At the beginning of the season I wasn’t fit and he said that I needed to get back fit because I could do something for us and play a big part in the team,” said Doukara, as reported by the Express.
“I was waiting for this goal because I’m a striker and every striker wants to score goals and make the difference. It’s one of my best moments.
“I’m not the best player but I have big determination and that’s why I came on strong.”
Doukara has had to wait over seven months for his goal and it was the first he has scored at Elland road since the start of the year.
The Frenchman has faced an uphill battle to prove his fitness but seems to have answered Monk’s challenge and was vital in Leeds’ victory on Saturday.
Teammate Chris Wood opened the scoring after Doukara was brought down and Leeds were rewarded a penalty.
Leeds currently sit in ninth place in the Championship table and take on Norwich next weekend, with Doukara hoping to feature in his fifth game of the season and his fourth in a row.
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