Barry Douglas was an unexpected transfer name to pop up in the last few weeks for Leeds United, but a welcome name.
The well-traveled fullback came to Wolves last summer and set the Championship on fire, being part of a team that ran away with the title and assured themselves automatic promotion.
So he’s a shoe-in to grab another title with Leeds, right?
| New signing @barrydouglas03 chats to LUTV after making the switch from Wolves to #LUFC pic.twitter.com/EC4YVdNfXM— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 28, 2018
Well, not so fast.
Leeds had many issues last season, and a single fullback signing, no matter how good, will not paper over the team’s inability to convert chances and it’s leaky defence.
Now having a tactical genius like Marcelo Bielsa will help a lot, but the club still needs a striker to convert the chances that will be created by Pablo Hernandez, Samu Saiz, and Chelsea loanee Lewis Baker.
Jamal Blackman might help Bailey Peacock-Farrell in net, but if the defence in front them doesn’t improve, then it won’t really matter who is in net.
Finally landing a transfer target on a permanent deal is a good start, but it’s still not enough.
At least not until Patrick Bamford signs today, right?
On to the links.
Leeds United Links
Update on Leeds transfer targets. [Through It All Together]
Barry Douglas signed for Leeds. [Through It All Together]
Everything you need to know about Barry Douglas. [Yorkshire Evening Post]
England and English Football Links
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Aston Villa v Dynamo Dresden friendly recap. [7500 to Holte]
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in a £25 million move for Villa’s Jack Grealish. [Cartilage Free Captain]
World Football Links
AC Milan are linked with out of contract Brazilian forward Bernard, ex of Shakhtar Donestk. [AC Milan Offside]
Qatar 2020 campaign has been accused of smearing their opponents, namely the United States and Australia. [BBC.com]
Toronto FC beat the Chicago Fire to pull within six points of a playoff spot in the MLS Eastern Conference. [Waking the Red]