Leeds United have terminated Souleymane Doukara’s contract by immediate effect, which has allowed the 25 year old to join Turkish top flight side Osmanlispor on a free transfer; signing a two year deal.
Doukara signed for United in the summer of 2014 from Italian side Catania, initially on a season long loan deal, with the deal becoming permanent around two months later. The overall fee for the Frenchman was around £2 million- with initial the loan fee around £500,000 with an extra £1.5 million required to make the move permanent.
The Duke had a fast start in a Leeds United shirt, bagging a brace against Accrington Stanley on his Elland Road debut, but suffered ankle ligament damage in Leeds’ first home Championship game against Middlesbrough ruling him out for around 5 weeks. In his opening season Doukara managed to find the net on seven occasions, with five coming in the league.
However at the back end of Souleymane’s first season in English football, the striker was part of the ‘sick note six’ who failed to travel to Leeds’ fixture away at Charlton in April 2015 because of sustained ‘injuries’. This has not been the only flash point in The Duke’s Leeds career, as he was banned for eight matches in February 2016 for biting Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta.
Despite his lows, Doukara had his glimpses of excellent in a Leeds United shirt- such as his superb volley at home to Nottingham Forest last season as well as his outstanding substitute appearance away to Wolves in the same campaign, which helped United grab all three points with a 3-2 win.
New head coach Thomas Christensen seemingly saw Doukara surplus to requirements and the 25 year old’s contract was terminated with 12 months still remaining, allowing him to leave on a free transfer. After 93 appearances and 18 goals during his Leeds career, most fans won’t be too disappointed to see Doukara depart, however he proved last season how effective he could be when coming off the bench; especially when converted to a winger by former head coach Gary Monk.