In completely unsurprising news, Souleymane Doukara has left Leeds United and has joined Turkish club Osmanlispor on a two year deal. After failing to appear in any of the club’s first six matches, this move was inevitable as Doukara had fallen down the ranks at the club, with Caleb Ekuban, who was signed from Chievo Verona in the summer transfer window, having passed him on the depth chart.
Leeds United have terminated Souleymane Doukara's contract by mutual consent. He's joining Osmanlispor in Turkey. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 23, 2017
Doukara had been linked in recent days with a move away from Elland Road, with Rangers FC and Preston North End mentioned as possible destinations for the 25 year-old striker who joined Leeds in 2014 from Serie A side Catania.
Doukara was the last of the six players who had told then manager Neil Redfern that they were “sick” and unable to travel to London to play in a match against Charlton Athletic in April of 2015. Most Leeds fans found the whole affair completely disgusting, although former player Giuseppe Bellusci bore most of the brunt of fan angst over the incident.
The only surprising thing about Doukara’s departure is that his contract was terminated, rather than agreeing a transfer fee for the French player, but perhaps just releasing Doukara and allowing him to move on was for the best. And while Doukara was hardly seen in the same light as Bellusci as a disruptive force in the dressing room at the club, having players that don’t want to be around and aren’t in the plans of the club only lowers morale.
Doukara never seemed to live up to his potential at the club, although we’ll all still have his goal against Blackpool to remember him by.
And while it might be disappointing to lose another striker, it appears that the club doesn’t need him anyway, despite Chris Wood also leaving earlier this week. With multiple strikers now linked with the club and Kemar Roofe scoring a hat-trick against Newport County yesterday, Doukara won’t be missed.