Leeds United: Consistency is the name of the game for Doukara – Ritchie

Souleymane Doukara celebrates with Sam Byram at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Souleymane Doukara celebrates with Sam Byram at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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Sunday’s game against Preston is a big match for Leeds and it could be a big game for Souleymane Doukara.

Doukara showed on Thursday night what he can produce but he’s got to produce that on a consistent basis and he hasn’t done that so far.

That’s what he’s got to get into his game – consistency – and he can’t be a one in four or a one in three player, he’s got to maintain consistency throughout the season.

You get that with playing but he has got to earn the right to play and even if he doesn’t start tomorrow against Preston and he gets back on, he’s got to show exactly the same level of performance as he showed on Thursday night. I’m sure he understands that, but it’s all about doing it.

I’ve been out of the team before and when you are in a position like that, when you get back into the team you’ve got to show the manager you’re on the top of your game.

Plus he’s only 24-years-old and maintaining a high level of performance is always a challenge in young players and Sam Byram will still be searching for that consistency as well.

Doukara has got all the attributes. He’s big, he’s strong, he’s quick and he can score goals when he wants to as well. I just think he’s got to use all his attributes to the nth degree really.

People are talking about the play-offs but I think at the moment just keep your powder dry and have a look. Leeds have had some good results but they had a bad one in between and it’s about consistency.

If they don’t get that then they won’t get into the play-offs because they will be thinking they could get in the top six but then they will go back down to mid table.

It’s all about building on the result that they got and it was a fantastic result.

Never mind Wolves not having the best of seasons themselves, they are a good side at home and they have got some very good players who can hurt you and I think they played very well against a team that was very resolute and good going forward themselves.

Leeds have got other teams around them and they have taken points off Wolves and now they have got to take points off Preston tomorrow.

I think Steve Evans will be playing it down and he’ll be saying to the players ‘look, we have not done anything yet and we ain’t a team yet.’

You have got to keep well grounded and if they keep putting in performances like that with the grit and determination that they showed then you never know what can happen.

I think Mr Evans is in danger of being at the club for eight weeks isn’t he? And I think he might just be there a bit more than that. He looks as though he has got them playing. The players are behind him and you could see with the reactions after the game where they were all giving him the high fives and hugging him.

It’s seems as though he has got the players on his side which is a good thing and that’s always a help when you are a manager. I thought in parts they played very, very well at Wolves and I thought Marco Silvestri was great towards the end when he came out of his box at the feet of Adam Le Fondre and he made a good few crucial – what I could call morale boosting – interventions for the back four. I thought he played very well, especially in the last 20 minutes.

And with Byram, I think a player of Sam’s ability, even if he is in a contractual wrangle at the moment, I think you have got to play him.

I don’t think you can afford not to play somebody that is as good as Sam and that’s why people have been after him.

At the moment I think he’s got a chance of walking into one or two Premier League sides.

He’s getting back to his old self now, he is probably back to what he was before with the injury and he was mooted to be leaving before then with Southampton heavily tipped to try and sign him.

I just feel you have got to play him and I think Steve has thought that now. The rest of it will sort itself out.