By Mark Smith

16th Sep, 2020 | 2:10pm

Journalist claims unused Leeds player on Saturday 'absolute certainty' to start v Hull City

Leeds United defender Barry Douglas is expected to feature against Hull City on Wednesday after missing out completely at Anfield.

The Scotsman wasn’t included in the squad for the 4-3 defeat against Liverpool, with Phil Hay claiming it was a tactical decision.

The Whites welcome their Yorkshire rivals to Elland Road in the Carabao Cup, with plenty of changes expected from the home side.

Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross has claimed that Douglas is an “absolute certainty” to start the clash against Hull tonight.

“Barry Douglas looks an absolute certainty at left-back with Struijk or Phillips holding in the centre,” he wrote.

Going even further, Cross claimed the midfield and attack should be a straight forward decision, with Bielsa backed to ring the changes.

“Ian Poveda, Ezgjan Alioski and Tyler Roberts looked nailed on across midfield too, with Rodrigo surely set for essential minutes as the lone striker.”

It seemed a harsh decision to drop Douglas from the squad for the Premier League opener, after his strong end to the Championship season.

The 31-year-old came in for games against Derby and Blackburn and played superbly, winning 11 defensive duels and 25 recoveries when replacing Stuart Dallas [WyScout].

Douglas’ experience could be vital at times in the Premier League this season, although he must use the cup competitions to his advantage, with those being his only chance of stringing some starts together.

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