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Barry Douglas’ record suggests he could be vital to Patrick Bamford’s success at Leeds United

Barry Douglas’ record suggests he could be vital to Patrick Bamford’s success at Leeds United

Following weeks of frustration for the Leeds United supporters, it seems that Marcelo Bielsa is beginning to make great strides towards improving his squad.

Leeds have been linked with the signing of a new striker for the entirety of the summer so far, with the likes of Abel Hernandez, Jeremy Mbakogu, Matej Vydra and even the little-known Baghdad Bounedjah, but it appears that a breakthrough is finally on the horizon.

According to a recent report from the Yorkshire Evening Post, Patrick Bamford is set to undergo a medical at Leeds United ahead of a £7 million transfer from Middlesbrough.

Bamford’s imminent transfer looks set to be officially confirmed just days after the club completed a £3.06 million deal to sign Barry Douglas from Wolverhampton Wanderers, and it’s the Scottish full-back who could hold the key to the success of Leeds’ new centre-forward.

Having spent almost the entirety of his career on loan at various clubs, Bamford completed a permanent transfer to Middlesbrough in January 2017 from Chelsea, but he has struggled to discover his most prolific form on Teeside in the past 18 months.

Although he is capable of playing out wide, Bamford’s best performances have arrived when he has been deployed through the middle in a class number nine role, but he was unable to establish a rhythm at Middlesbrough where his starting position was constantly shifting.

He still managed to notch 11 goals and provide 1 assist from 39 outings despite playing out wide on plenty of occasions, so there’s no doubt that the 24-year-old could become a resounding success with a consistent run in Leeds’ number nine role.

And that’s where Douglas comes in: the recent recruit possesses the highly sought-after ability to find his teammates in goal-scoring positions with his overlapping runs from full-back.

During Wolves’ imperious title-victory last season, Douglas provided 14 assists from 39 appearances whilst playing in a left-wing-back role where he was given license to maraud forward with attacking intent.

Under a manager of Bielsa’s prestige who encourages fluidity of movement, Douglas should enjoy the same level of freedom in the final-third next season, which is promising news for Bamford ahead of his move to Elland Road.

After such an extended period of frustration for the supporters, Leeds United appear to have turned a significant corner with regards to their transfer activity which looks set to hand Bielsa a deadly combination in the shape of Douglas and Bamford.

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