Sometimes you just know you have to cut a man loose.
And as I pointed out a few weeks ago, there are certainly a lot of better options in the team to choose ahead of him, so it does make sense to start making plans to get rid of him.
Barry Douglas has found game time hard to come by so far this season, making just 13 appearances with only 6 of them being starts, so it probably makes sense that the club are making plans to get rid of him in the summer, regardless of what division the club find themselves in.
“It’s not been the career we expected from Barry Douglas at Leeds. We expected bigger things from him, more appearances but it’s just not worked out, I can’t put my finger on why. He hasn’t been the same player as he was at Wolves. I expected him to be fighting for more positions, more game time. The way Stuart Dallas has played, I think he’s more preferred to the left side and so is Alioski.”
Perhaps his form hasn’t quite recovered from the number of injuries that he sustained last season, or perhaps he just simply isn’t good enough as pointed out earlier, but it certainly does make sense to start thinking ahead to the summer transfer window and next season if they find themselves in the Premier League or not.
And with his left-back counter parts Stuart Dallas and Gjanni Alioski both 28 and the likes of Leif Davis coming through at the age of 20, it seems only natural that he should be the one to make way when it comes to that department.
Should the club try and keep Douglas in the summer?
Yes, but only in the Champ
No, he isn't good enough
The next question though is what and where are they going to spend the money on when and if they manage to strike a deal with someone.