Championship manager shares Marcelo Bielsa joke welcoming new signing

Barry Douglas sealed his exit from Leeds United on Friday as he confirmed his switch to Championship side, Blackburn.

The Scotsman wasn’t part of the plans at Elland Road, and Marcelo Bielsa shared his regrets over the switch to Lancashire.

It was an initial loan switch, with Douglas’ deal running out at Leeds at the end of this current season – leaving him open for a permanent move.

Tony Mowbray has joked that working with Bielsa has given him a defender with incredibly high fitness levels as he earns for promotion.

“Barry has real high quality really, he’s a Scotsman who has been promoted with both Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Premier League and Leeds United to the Premier League,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to getting him up to speed, but we’ve shared a joke that he’s worked under Marcelo Bielsa and is the fittest he’s ever been in his life.”

It’s never quite happened for Douglas at Leeds.

The Scotsman arrived with a great reputation behind his name from success at Wolves, but constant injuries saw him fail to have the same effect at Elland Road.

Douglas only started six games last season and saw his spot taken by Stuart Dallas who was superb under Bielsa in that role on the left.

This was the perfect opportunity for Leeds and Douglas, and Mowbray will reap the benefits if he can keep the defender fully fit throughout the season.

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