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Leeds defender Barry Douglas has taken the biggest step backwards

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Leeds defender Barry Douglas has taken the biggest step backwards

Leeds United currently sit second in the Championship table and are now in a great position to try get over the line for automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Whites manager Marcelo Bielsa has made a colossal impact at Elland Road and he’s managed to squeeze every bit of quality out of several players.

There are numerous players that has improved for the Yorkshire giants, which is why picking out someone that has taken the biggest step backwards in the 2018/19 season is difficult.

But left-footed defender Barry Douglas is perhaps the player to regress the most at Elland Road this campaign.

Leeds only signed Douglas last summer from Wolverhampton Wanderers and he was expected to thrive during his first season with the club.


The 29-year-old played a key role in Wolves’ promotion during the last campaign from the Championship and arrived to do a similar job in Bielsa’s team at left-back.

He’s made 26 senior appearances for Leeds this season, but he’s definitely gone backwards over the last year.

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Douglas hasn’t completed 90 minutes in the Championship since December and has seen teammate Ezgjan Alioski replace him as the first-choice full-back on the left flank.

The Scottish defender looked formidable in the 2017/18 season for Wolves, as he ended up 15 assists across all competitions and was an attacking menace.

He’s managed just four assists to highlight a decline in his attacking output, but defensively too he is often caught out and that’s resulted in him losing his place int he starting XI.

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