It was a disappointing display from a much-changed Leeds United side on Wednesday night as the Whites suffered a penalty-shootout defeat to League One side Hull City – but it may have made the Whites’ mind up on the future of Barry Douglas.
Douglas, 31, has entered the final 12 months of his contract at Leeds and managed just 15 Championship appearances for the Whites last term. His future is somewhat in doubt and his efforts on Wednesday night will hardly have helped.
Making 64 passes during the 1-1 draw which eventually ended in a 9-8 defeat on penalties, Douglas failed to find a teammate 15 times. Of his eight crosses into the Hull box, only three found a Leeds player – as per WhoScored.
Last month, The Mail claimed that Scottish champions Celtic were interested in signing set-piece specialist Douglas – and had held talks to land the former Wolves man. So, could Wednesday’s display convince Leeds into a decision?
Though finances are a lot better at Elland Road following promotion, allowing Douglas to leave on a free next summer – with his contract unlikely to be renewed – would surely be deemed as a blow, especially given he cost £3million (Sky Sports).
Far from versatile, Douglas is some way behind Stuart Dallas with the Northern Ireland international now first-choice left-back. Gjanni Alioski is more than capable of playing at left-back, as is youngster Leif Davis.
So, cashing in on Douglas rather than letting him go for nothing will hardly mean the Whites need to spend money on a replacement. With Celtic licking their lips, Wednesday night should convince Leeds to cash in on Douglas.