Slowly starting to trim off the excess fat.
That appears to be what Leeds United are set to do over the next couple of days whilst the domestic window still remains open, with a couple of players deemed surplus to requirement set to leave the club either on loans or a permanent deal.
One of those players in Barry Douglas. Douglas is a player whose decreased role at Elland Road is pretty easy to see based on his dwindling number of appearances over the years, and with Stuart Dallas set to take up the role of left-back this season, backed up by Leif Davis, it’s pretty clear where his short-term future lies, and it’s not with us.
And according to journalist Alan Nixon, it looks as if he’ll be heading straight back down to the Championship with a couple of clubs interested, but only one of them still a serious player:
WATFORD. May take Douglas from Leeds on loan. Blackburn also considered but seem to have moved on.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) October 11, 2020
I think it’s only right that we move him on, you can tell by his stats last year that he wasn’t the best of performers in the Championship, so logic dictates he wouldn’t make that big an impact on the Premier League. And at 31, it’s a totally different prospect to say Mateusz Bogusz who might actually have a future at this club.
And hopefully a loan move, if completed, goes well for him and we can look to sell him on next summer and, hopefully, use the money to reinvest to strengthen in the Premier League.
What about you? What do you make of this news regarding Douglas?