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Barry Douglas was Leeds’ unsung hero in their outstanding win at Norwich City

Barry Douglas was Leeds’ unsung hero in their outstanding win at Norwich City

Leeds United supporters have been making all the noise in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after seeing their team go top of the Championship courtesy of a 3-0 win at Norwich City on Saturday.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men dropped their first points of the season in midweek in drawing 2-2 at Swansea City, having won each of their opening three matches of the campaign. And the Yorkshire giants got back to winning ways in Norfolk on Saturday as goals from Mateusz Klich, Ezgjan Alioski, and Pablo Hernandez sealed a routine win over the Canaries, thus moving Leeds back into top spot in the second tier.

As such, there have been many delighted Leeds supporters up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been heaping praise on the goalscorers for coming up with the goods to seal all three points at Carrow Road.

Klich, who was so low down the pecking order last term that he spent the second half of last season on loan at FC Utrecht, bagged his third goal of the campaign on Saturday, as did the hugely influential Hernandez, while 2017 summer signing Alioski doubled his tally for the campaign with his strike against Daniel Farke’s men.

And all three men have earned many rave reviews in what was an outstanding Leeds performance on Saturday, which was epitomised by a stellar display from left back Barry Douglas.

Leeds were deemed to have pulled off quite the coup during the summer in luring the 28-year-old away from Premier League outfit Wolves, and while he has produced many consistent performances so far this term, Saturday’s was his best of the lot.

The one-time Scotland international had a staggering 116 touches of the ball over the course of the 90 minutes, which was 31 more than the next-best Ivo Pinto, and 35 more than the next-best Leeds player in midfielder Kalvin Phillips – clearly, Douglas was trusted with getting things moving for the visitors down the left-hand-side.

And that was further emphasised by the fact that the 28-year-old attempted more and indeed completed more passes than any other Leeds player on Saturday, one of which resulting in the assist for Hernandez’s great goal to seal the three points for Bielsa’s side.

Yet Douglas also completed his defensive duties reasonably well despite making a slightly sluggish start to the afternoon, with the left back winning three of his four aerial duels, and all five of the tackles he attempted to help the Whites keep a second clean sheet of the campaign.

Thus, in what was another scintillating performance from Leeds, it was Douglas’ efforts down the left-hand-side, both offensively and defensively, which epitomised everything that was great about the Yorkshire giants on Saturday, which is why he was their unsung hero at Carrow Road.

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