By Craig Scott

7th Oct, 2020 | 12:08pm

MOT View: Leeds left with no option as advanced talks reportedly underway to sell senior player

Leeds United might not be done with their transfer business for this year just yet with the future of left-back Barry Douglas still to be resolved.

According to the Daily Mail, Watford are in advanced talks to sign the 31-year-old while Blackburn Rovers have also been linked with a deal for him.

Douglas is out of the picture at Leeds despite being the only out-and-out left-back in Marcel Bielsa’s senior squad.

The former Wolves defender has not made any of Bielsa’s four matchday squads in the Premier League and was thoroughly underwhelming in the Carabao Cup defeat to Hull City when he played all 90 minutes.

Stats by WyScout show that Douglas failed to complete any of the two crosses he attempted against the Tigers, lost the ball 18 times and won just 29 per cent of the defensive duels he was involved in.

In comparison, Douglas won an average of 56.9 per cent of defensive duels in the Championship last season.

The one-time Scotland international is now in the final year of his contract at Elland Road and it does not seem as though a new deal will be on the cards for a player who’s as out of the picture as he is at the moment.

Of course, injuries could change that.

However, Stuart Dallas and Ezgjan Alioski – who are above Douglas in the left-back pecking order – are not known for their injury issues. Last season, between them, they only missed three Championship fixtures due to injury or fitness concerns.

Douglas had a massive chance to show to Bielsa what he can do in the Carabao Cup match against Hull and ultimately, he failed to seize that opportunity.

Watford would not be a bad club for Douglas to sign with the left-back proving his worth in the Championship with two promotions in three seasons with both Leeds and Wolves.

As much as we don’t want to see players who played a key role in helping the club return to the Premier League, it just doesn’t make sense to keep around a player like Douglas, who is hardly involved in the first-team and will leave for free next summer.

In other Leeds United news, Dominic Matteo claims that this new Leeds signing will be a “slow burner”.