By Craig Scott

5th Jun, 2020 | 4:30pm

'From what I'm hearing...' - Phil Hay says Leeds could sell player with over 12mths left on deal

Phil Hay has revealed that Leeds United are not overly concerned about outgoings in the next transfer but admits that left-back Barry Douglas is “one to watch”.

Douglas, 30, will soon enter the final 12 months of his contract at Elland Road and due to injury issues and the improved form of his team-mates, he’s only made 11 Championship appearances this season.

He is arguably the only natural left-back that Marcelo Bielsa has in his senior squad of players with Ezgjan Alioski and Stuart Dallas – who are usually wingers – occupying the left-back role for most of the campaign.

The Athletic journalist Hay, speaking in the Phil Hay Show podcast, has now admitted that the former Wolves left-back could be on his way out of Elland Road in the next transfer window but still sees reasons for the Whites to keep hold of him.

When asked if he can see Douglas moving on in the summer, Hay said: “It’s a good question. He’s always been a player Bielsa likes and rates but his contract’s ticking on now.

“It’s been two years where we’ve all been waiting to see the Douglas we witnessed at Wolves in that season when they cruised the Championship.”

Hay added: “From speaking to the club and from what I’m hearing, I don’t get the sense there’s a great deal of attention being paid to outgoings this summer.

“One of the reasons for that is because they have nailed it down to a point where they don’t have a huge number of excess players. It’s not like the hangover from the 2017/18 season when there were handfuls of professionals that needed to be moved on.

“But Douglas is probably one to watch. He can still play a part but if you were going through the squad and putting a question mark over who might stay and who might go, he falls into the category of ‘not sure’.”

Hay is right about Douglas never really playing as good for Leeds as he did at Wolves when he helped them win the Championship title by scoring five goals and supplying 15 assists in one season.

Bielsa loves to have his full-backs pushing forward and contributing in the attack but Douglas just wasn’t as successful at it as we all hoped.

It is a shame that injury issues have also played a role in his drop down the pecking order and if he does move on, he’s more than good enough to play for another top Championship club.

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