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13th Jan, 2017 | 4:18pm

Why Monk must axe Leeds 25-year-old from starting XI against Derby

COMMENT By Dominic Toner

Garry Monk should drop Leeds attacker Souleymane Doukara from the starting line-up against Derby on Friday night.

The Whites host promotion rivals Derby in the Championship and the 25-year-old should be named on the bench.

Doukara has been a strong performer for the Yorkshire club this season, but his form has dipped considerably in recent matches.

The attacker has failed to score in his last three games and was particularly poor in Monday’s narrow 2-1 FA Cup win against League Two opposition Cambridge.

He usually operates in a wide position, but Stuart Dallas and Kemar Roofe should get the nod in the starting XI on Friday.

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Leeds will go third in the league table if they avoid defeat against Derby and Monk needs to ensure he is playing is in-form players each week.

The Whites do have options in their squad for the attacking positions and Doukara should be forced to fight to regain his starting spot.

Doukara has proved to be a useful player in Monk’s squad this season as he can be used out wide or to spearhead the attack.

The attacker has suited a wide position more this campaign and has managed to trouble opposition defenders with his pace, while team-mate Chris Wood leads the line.

Doukara has scored four goals and supplied three assists in 18 appearances this campaign, but must recapture his best form if he is to stay in the starting XI each week.

In other Leeds news, Pontus Jansson has sent a message to the club’s supporters ahead of the Derby match.

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