By David Woods

13th Oct, 2020 | 3:05pm

'He's on his way' – Phil Hay claims first-teamer set for exit after news of last Leeds PL squad

Athletic journalist Phil Hay has said that Barry Douglas is “on his way” out of the club after not making the 18-man Leeds United squad against Man City. 

He said it’s a surprise that it’s turned out this way after Douglas was seen as such an “impressive signing” by Leeds.

However, Hay claims the player “has never settled into the team” and that when he was missing from the squad to face City, with Jack Harrison unavailable, the writing was on the wall.

Talking on The Molineux View podcast, Tim Spiers said, “He was a very popular player at Wolves and did well at Leeds but it seems the writing is on the wall now, not figured in the league yet…”

Hay replied saying, “It does. He was such an impressive signing when he came in. In 2018 he was on Leeds’ list as the pick of the left-backs they could realistically sign.

“Between a mixture of his form, other people’s form and injuries, he’s never settled. He’s happy at the club but he’s never settled in the team.

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“It tells its own story that Stuart Dallas is currently the best left-back at the club. There is interest, Watford are very keen, Blackburn have spoken about him.

“On the basis that he didn’t make the 18 against City, when Jack Harrison was unavailable, if, in those circumstances, Douglas isn’t in the 18 you know he’s on his way.”

Douglas never delivered

We’ve been left surprised that Douglas hasn’t featured in a Premier League matchday squad yet after some good performances for the club after lockdown last season.

However, despite an EFL Cup outing, that’s the last that Leeds fans have seen of him and it looks like that could be the last they see of him in a Leeds shirt.

Both Watford and Blackburn can sign Douglas up until 5pm on Friday and Hay certainly thinks that Douglas is on his way.

It’s a shame if that happens but Douglas hasn’t lived up to expectations after signing from Wolves.

He was a real standout player for them in their title-winning season but after scoring five goals and adding 14 assists in the 17/18 Championship, it’s been downhill for Douglas.

He has never scored for Leeds and he didn’t register an assist in 15 appearances last season in the league.

We will wish him all the best but we’ll be left wondering just what happened to him at Elland Road.

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