Leeds United defender Barry Douglas appears to be out of the Premier League picture at Elland Road this season.
The Scotsman played against Hull in the Carabao Cup but wasn’t involved in the games with either Liverpool or Fulham.
Phil Hay claimed after the clash at Anfield that Douglas was left out for tactical reasons, but he missed Saturday’s game despite the only defender on the bench being Pascal Struijk.
Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross recently claimed that Ezgjan Alioski and Stuart Dallas are above their experienced teammate in the pecking order.
Writing in a Q&A on Tuesday, Cross admitted that Douglas is the “most likely candidate” to be sold at Elland Road in that problem area.
“Left-back does not look to be a priority as it stands,” he wrote.
“Douglas is the most likely candidate for a departure if Bielsa does want to add to his ranks without having too many bodies knocking around Thorp Arch. Dallas and Alioski are Bielsa’s men there, for now, and he seems happy with that.”
Douglas is the only out-and-out left-back Leeds have in their squad, and that proves just how far down the pecking order he really is.
Dallas has been superb in that position, but we all know that both he and Alioski are actually wingers or wing-backs at a push.
The Northern Ireland international’s versatility has been critical to Marcelo Bielsa since he arrived, although he has been caught out numerous times in the opening Premier League fortnight.
Douglas only completed 644 minutes last season, nearly a third of what he managed during his first campaign at Elland Road – with that number expected to be even lower in the Premier League.
If there was one player close to the exit door during this window, it would be Douglas, although we don’t expect much movement in terms of outgoings in the next two weeks.
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