It has been a tough debut season for Barry Douglas at Leeds United.
The full-back experienced a superb 2017/18 campaign with Wolverhampton Wanderers where he was a stand-out player for a side who stormed to the Championship title yet he has failed to reach the same heights at Elland Road.
Signed for a fee reported to be in the region of £3m (according to Sky Sports) last summer, Douglas initially made a bright start to life in Leeds but injuries has limited his progress in recent months, leading boss Marcelo Bielsa to seek alternatives elsewhere.
With Ezgjan Alioski emerging as a makeshift left-back for the Whites and subsequently impressing in his new position, the former Dundee United defender now faces an uphill task to reclaim his place in the starting eleven. Yet in order for his new side to achieve automatic promotion at the end of the season, it is almost certain that Douglas will still have a role to play, especially when it comes to fixtures against Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday which will be tough clashes for Leeds.
If the 29-year-old can overcome his recent struggles and play an integral role in leading the Whites back to the Premier League after 15 years away, it could be argued that the fee paid for him in the summer will already be justified.
However, a capitulation for Leeds in the final eight games followed by a failure to achieve promotion via the play-offs will not shine a positive light on Douglas who dropped down from the Premier League.
Bielsa will hope that by calling upon the defender in what will be the defining period for the Whites’ season, the Scotland international can call on his experience from last season to give the club the best chance of overcoming either Sheffield United or Norwich City for a top-two appearance.
What do you think Leeds fans? Would achieving promotion justify Douglas’ £3m fee? Should be replace Alioski for Saturday’s game against Millwall? Let us know below.
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