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Barry Douglas really is not the player he promised to be

Barry Douglas really is not the player he promised to be

If the semi-possible happens and Leeds United crumble once again, who will fans point their fingers at now if not Marcelo Bielsa.

Bielsa and his men are really in amongst it now after watching their incredibly positive start to the season fall victim to patches of poor form.

Now, with only three points separating fourth placed West Bromwich Albion and top side Norwich City, every single game going forwards carries immense significance.

After all, dropped points could spell the end of the automatic promotion dream for any one of the suitors.

If the unthinkable happens and Leeds United fail in their attempt to achieve Premier League promotion who and what will they look back on as the turning point of their season?

Spy gate? Injuries? Norwich at Elland Road? Gary Monks Birmingham City? Barry Douglas?

Barry Douglas

Yes, that’s right – the blame could quite possibly fall on the lap of summer signing Barry Douglas.

The Scot made the £3m switch from promoted side Wolverhampton Wanders at the start of the season (via the Sun) but has since failed to live up to expectations.

He’s scant had the same sort of creative impact that saw him top the assists chart for his former club and having only managed the comparatively small number of four so far season compared to an impressive fifteen last time around, fans are beginning to become restless with his contributions.

It would certainly help his case if he proved himself to be solid defensively, but that isn’t the case. He’s actually probably been worse in that department – a little concerning for sure.

Douglas’ positional awareness is probably one of the most significant sticking point in his game up to now, which won’t bode well if he continues his role into the Premier League.

Indeed, this could well be a case of Leeds offloading the player onto another Championship side come next season, just like Wolves.

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