It was quite the coup, wasn’t it? In late July during the summer transfer window, Leeds United managed to capture Barry Douglas from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a three-year deal. The Scotsman had just topped the table with Wolves so the signing came as quite a surprise, especially for the Molineux faithful.
It was, though, the United fans that were very excited by their first permanent signing of the summer under Marcelo Bielsa’s reign.
Scottish Roberto Carlos
— Aaron (@Iufcaaron) July 28, 2018
— YBI (@YeboahBelieveIt) July 28, 2018
Fantastic effort @LUFC fair play
— eddieleeds (@eddieleeds1) July 28, 2018
Get in !!!! Quality signing. Massive thanks to Orta and of course the owner. We are quick to tweet him and moan so let’s show him some love @andrearadri
— Ben Cawley (@BenLufcCawley) July 28, 2018
Quality signing at last #lufc
— Andy Firth (@AndrewFirth21) July 28, 2018
On the other hand, Wolves fans not so much. A lot of their supporters were frustrated by the fact that such a key player had been let go so easily and numerous fans voiced their concern.
You better look after him!
— WolvesFirst (@WolvesFirst) July 28, 2018
— WolvesDXB (@WolvesDXB) July 28, 2018
Leeds have just signed the best LWB in the division.. Sure to be missed by all us wolves fans… Look after him #lufc
— Micky Cremin (@CremDeLaCrem86) July 28, 2018
Douglas started the campaign brightly, but he has suffered a couple of niggles and has now been sidelined for the season following a recent knee injury. Ezgjan Alioski has filled in at left-back and has made the position his own of late, meaning that even when Douglas has been fit since the turn of the year, Bielsa tended to give Alioski the nod.
When Douglas returns from injury, he will certainly be looking to impress in pre-season to do all he can to win back that starting left-back berth. Indeed, if they’re in the Premier League, he looks tailor-made for it. Though he was denied top-flight football by Wolves, the Scotland man can thrill Elland Road with his wing-back expertise, a crucial facet in the top tier these days.
Leeds United fans, what were your initial thoughts when signing Douglas? Join the discussion by commenting below…