Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray has admitted he doesn’t know whether Barry Douglas will arrive at Ewood Park from Leeds United.
On Thursday, Sky Sports journalist Tim Thornton reported that Douglas, 31, was undergoing a medical ahead of a loan move to the Championship club.
However, Mowbray has refused to confirm that a deal is done for the Scottish left-back and does not want to tempt fate by speaking too soon.
When asked about Douglas, as quoted by LancsLive, Mowbray said: “I don’t know until we get him over the line. I’ve fallen foul of that many times over my years in management of talking about players and it never happens.
“For me, we’re looking for some cover, a player to compete for a position in our team where we haven’t got any left-sided defenders.
“If Amari’i Bell, who has done exceptionally well for us this year, picked up a knock then we’d be like watching England playing a right-footer on the left and it’s not ideal sometimes.”
Mowbray, however, did confirm that Douglas is a player he wants to sign before the 5pm transfer deadline today (Friday). The Rovers manager added: “So we’re looking for players who can come and compete who play in that sort of position. Barry Douglas, as you’ve mentioned there, is one name in amongst a few we’ve been talking to and looking at.”
Douglas’ imminent exit is no surprise.
Let’s hope he does pass his medical at Blackburn so that he can continue playing elsewhere because he’s completely out of the picture at Elland Road at the moment.
Douglas has proven himself to be a top left-back for Championship clubs having won promotion to the Premier League with Leeds and Wolves in the last three seasons.
But, for a number of reasons, he hasn’t been handed a chance in the Premier League.
It was a bit of a shock of Nuno Espirito Santo was ready to sell him a couple of years ago but there’s no surprise about Marcelo Bielsa’s decision.
Douglas barely started in the Championship last term and has not been named in any of Bielsa’s matchday squads for the Premier League.
Stuart Dallas, Ezgjan Alioski and Leif Davis are all ahead of him in the pecking order here in Yorkshire so a switch to Lancashire makes a lot of sense for all parties.
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