Leeds United left-back Barry Douglas is one of two players who could be sold this week, according to Leeds Live’s Beren Cross.
Cross believes that Marcelo Bielsa is willing to let Celtic-linked Douglas leave if he wants to go, but is also just as happy for him to stay too. However, the report states that should Leif Davis move on between now and the end of the window, Douglas will stay at Elland Road.
Celtic have previously been linked with a move for Douglas this summer. The Daily Mail reported at the end of August that the Hoops had held talks with Leeds regarding a move for the former Dundee United left-back.
However, Bielsa commented on Douglas’ future as recently as last weekend. As quoted by Leeds Live, the United boss said: “If he continues with us he will be a very useful player for our project. He’s an impeccable professional. His preparation has been very, very good. He is an integral part of the group here.”
Douglas has been reported as being happy to stay at Leeds given his influence in the dressing room (Leeds Live). However, journalist Cross states that a suitable offer and the player could be allowed to depart.
Douglas would be perfect competition for Taylor
One of burning issues all summer has been the lack of investment in the left-back position. However, that’s now changed slightly given the fact that Celtic are back playing with a 3-5-2. That effectively ends the hunt for an out-and-out left-back, and instead a wing-back who can cover the entire flank with good attacking attributes.
In that respect, Douglas fits the bill perfectly. This is a player who managed 26 direct goal contributions in only 75 games for Lech Poznan whilst operating as a left-back (Transfermarkt).
Therefore, in a Celtic team who love to play with bombing wing-backs, Douglas could cause some real damage with his deliveries, whilst being efficient enough defensively.
He also hasn’t managed to make any of Leeds’ three Premier League match-day squads since they got promoted. That suggests the Elland Road club wouldn’t be too tricky to deal with here. His only appearance this season came in a 90-minute outing in an EFL Cup defeat to Hull City.
With only one Scotland appearance to his name also, Douglas would surely see Parkhead as a place where he could shoot himself back into the international fold again. With Andy Robertson, Kieran Tierney, and Greg Taylor all ahead of him, Douglas needs a platform and fast.
At 31, this wouldn’t be a deal done with a view to bagging big money for him down the line. But it would be a deal that sorts out a real problem we have at left wing-back. Given Douglas’ attributes, this is starting to look like the stand-out signing we should make before the window closes on October 5th.