By Jason Jones

4th Oct, 2020 | 8:35am

'Absolutely gutted', ' Has to stay' - Many Leeds fans react to potential Elland Road exit report

Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment at the prospect of Barry Douglas leaving the club. 

According to The Athletic journalist Adam Leventhal, the 31-year-old full-back has been “confirmed” as a target for Championship outfit Watford, with the Hornets keen to wrap up a deal for the player as soon as possible.

The Scot was left out of Marcelo Bielsa’s match day squad again for Saturday evening’s clash against Manchester City, and has yet to make a Premier League appearance for the Whites this term.

Douglas has been linked with an exit from Elland Road pretty much all summer long, with Celtic looking for a while as if they were the most likely destination for the player.

But Watford could be about to steal in at the last and offer him another contract in the second tier.

If we’re being completely honest, the writing has been on the wall for Douglas for some time though.

Stuart Dallas has been Bielsa’s go-to on the left side of defence for ages, and the fact that the former Wolves man has made just one appearance in all competitions  this term really suggests that his manager’s mind is made up.

That outing came in the Carabao Cup clash against Hull City, and he hardly endeared himself to supporters with his lacklustre display.

But still, there are concerns that the Whites could be leaving themselves short if they decide to offload Douglas without bringing in a suitable replacement.

Of course, we have got Leif Davis, and Bielsa seems to really value the youngster.

But ultimately, this boils down to whether or not he is good enough to step in for a seasoned pro like Douglas.

If he is, no worries at all. If not, then it’s understandable that people are sad to see the Scot potentially leave.

Here are some of the best tweets from Leeds fans:

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