By Craig Scott

15th Feb, 2020 | 9:00am

'I think his legs have gone a little bit' - Couzens makes claim about international Leeds player

Andy Couzens has claimed that Leeds United left-back Barry Douglas is not the player he once was due to the number of injuries he’s had at Elland Road.

Since joining Leeds from Wolves in the summer of 2018, the 30-year-old has made 39 appearances across all competitions, with only 13 of them coming this season.

Due to injury, the one-time Scotland international has only been able to start four Championship fixtures and it appears he is not really in the picture any more for manager Marcelo Bielsa.

Stuart Dallas and Ezgjan Alioski both seem to be above Douglas in the pecking order at left-back and Football Insider has recently reported that the ex-Wolves defender will look to quit Elland Road in the summer transfer window due to his lack of game-time.

Ex-Leeds player Couzens has suggested that Douglas is struggling to get minutes on the pitch due to his deteriorating physical attributes.

“It’s a tough one because Douglas has been injured quite a bit this year and I think his legs have gone a little bit,” Couzens told Football League World.

“I think we need a little bit of pace in there, and that’s why Alioski has maybe taken that place.

“But, when Alioski plays, we look great going forward but a little bit dodgy down that side. We have conceded goals from that position.”

Douglas has not really met the levels of performance he showcased in his one season at Wolves before he joined Leeds for £3million in 2018.

However the one main difference between his spells at Elland Road and Molineux is that he managed to stay fit in the West Midlands and was able to play a lot more regularly.

Leeds have had major issues with injuries since Bielsa took charge and Douglas has, unfortunately, been one of the worst-hit players in the first-team.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Thompson has predicted Leeds’ clash against Bristol City.