Leeds United are likely to offer a contract extension to left-back Barry Douglas with his current deal due to expire next year, according to Phil Hay.
Writing on The Athletic website, the journalist reported that Leeds’ hierarchy could table an extension to the 30-year-old if they get the green light from Marcelo Bielsa.
Douglas was reportedly among a number of players who were invited to dinner by club owner Andrea Radrizzani before the Championship was suspended back in March and the Scottish full-back also played a prominent role in player wage deferrals during lockdown.
In the 3-1 win over Blackburn on Saturday, Douglas showed just why he should be considered to have a future at Elland Road.
Since joining from Wolves in 2018, the Glasgow-born defender has not exactly hit the heights he reached during his one-season spell at Molineux.
Douglas was a key player for Nuno Espirito Santo but since joining Leeds he has struggled with injuries and is no longer Bielsa’s first-choice left-back with him only starting versus Blackburn due to Stuart Dallas being injured and Ezgjan Alioski filling in for Helder Costa on the wing.
Chances are going to come few and far between for Douglas, both this season and next. However he has shown against Rovers that he can grasp those opportunities and really impress the fans and Bielsa.
We would like to see how he can perform in the Premier League but let’s not kid ourselves. Douglas turns 31 in September, has had continual issues this season and has only made five league starts this term.
It could be difficult for him in the Premier League and Bielsa may be fully aware of that.
In other Leeds United news, Leeds fans blasted one player for his performance at Ewood Park.