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Leeds defender Barry Douglas should be running out of patience

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Leeds defender Barry Douglas should be running out of patience

Barry Douglas was seen as a real coup for Leeds United when they signed him at the beginning of the 2018/19 season, but it’s not all gone to plan for him at Elland Road.

The Whites managed to recruit him for £3million (Sky Sports) from Wolverhampton Wanderers, who he had just helped achieve promotion from the Championship.

He scored five goals and supplied 14 assists from left-back, as Wolves cruised to the Championship title in the 2017/18 campaign.

The Scotsman saw his first season with Leeds last year show real promise at times with five assists in 26 matches, but a spate of injuries disrupted his progress.

Douglas has had a tougher time so far this season, making just eight appearances across all competitions and he’s not started a league fixture since August.

 

Leeds have played in 10 league games since the end of August and manager Marcelo Bielsa has not given him a single start.

He did miss two fixtures recently with a knee problem, but it seems he’s fallen down the pecking order at Elland Road and has gone backwards since his switch to Yorkshire.

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Douglas now has serious competition from the likes of Ezgjan Alioski, Leif Davis and Stuart Dallas just to get into the starting XI.

The full-back will have to seriously impress Bielsa in training to overtake all of his teammates and it looks like he could be stuck on the fringes in the meantime.

He is an attack-minded left-back that was one of the top defenders in the division two years ago and surely he can’t be happy with his current situation.

It would be no surprise if Douglas is running out of patience on the bench and it will be intriguing to see if he’s forced into considering his future.

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