Leeds United’s one-time Scotland international left-back Barry Douglas is looking likely to leave the club, with Championship side Watford FC currently the favourites to sign him, according to Phil Hay of The Athletic.
reported last night that Watford are in for Barry Douglas. Blackburn Rovers also a potential option for him. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) October 4, 2020
Blackburn Rovers are also “a potential option” for the former Wolves man, and Scottish champions Celtic have been rumoured to hold an interest in him throughout the summer.
Barry Douglas joined Leeds ahead of the 2018/19 season as one of Leeds’ first signings under Marcelo Bielsa, having been widely regarded as the best left-back in the division during Wolves Championship winning season in 2017/18. However, he has struggled to hold down a starting position often due to having injury problems and the form of Northern Ireland international Stuart Dallas in that role.
Now 31-years-old, Douglas needs to be playing regularly and it appears he will not get that chance at Elland Road with Leif Davis appearing to jump ahead of him in the pecking order for the left-back spot.
Anyone else feel a little bad for Barry Douglas knowing he may have won the Championship twice and might not play in the Premier League.— YorkshireLad (@pkmacman) September 1, 2020
Douglas has been unfortunate to be part of two title winning sides in the second tier of English football, but never get a chance in the Premier League. Especially having dragged himself up from playing for Queen’s Park in Scotland’s third tier, before playing in Poland for Lech Poznan and Turkey for Konyaspor.
If Douglas does leave, he will still have been a very good value signing for Leeds at just £3m, although I do feel that a break is the right thing for both parties as I personally don’t think he has enough to play regularly in the Premier League.