Date: 5th December 2016 at 5:59pm
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By Matt Farr

Leeds star Souleymane Doukara has been named in the English Football League team of the week.

The 25-year-old made the cut following his impressive display in Leeds’ 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Friday night.

Doukara provided the assist for Kemar Roofe’s opening goal, before being substituted in the 73rd-minute, taking his tally for the season up to two goals and two assists from 10 games in all competitions.

BBC pundit and former Leeds man Noel Whelan praised Doukara for his attitude earlier in the week, and the forward has continued to draw the plaudits.

The reborn attacker has missed much of the campaign so far through injury, and was absent for six consecutive games between mid-September and mid-October while also spending time with the Leeds development squad.

However, Doukara has featured in every game for Leeds since his return in the 1-0 victory over Wolves on October 22, and has had an important role as Leeds have five of their last six games.

The victory saw Garry Monk’s promotion candidates move up to fourth in the Championship, where they trail league leaders Newcastle by eight points.

The players have grown in confidence following the arrival of the former Swansea man at the club in the summer, and they are exceeding expectations this season.

They are now considered by their league rivals a genuine threat for promotion to the Premier League.

The EFL team of the week is as follows: Karl Darlow (Newcastle), Andy Butler (Doncaster), Alex Pearce (Derby), Ryan Fredericks (Fulham), Conor Hourihane (Barnsley), Alex Pritchard (Norwich), Souleymane Doukara (Leeds), Jacob Murphy (Norwich), Otis Khan (Yeovil), Chris Martin (Fulham), Sam Winnall (Barnsley)

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