Leeds United have already had quite the summer following promotion, with a number of signings already through the door at Elland Road.
The likes of Rodrigo Moreno and Robin Koch have arrived for big money, while they’ve also managed to keep the squad together and add one or two young talents, such as Joe Gelhardt.
However, as Marcelo Bielsa continues to plot his team’s path to Premier League safety – or glory – there may well have to be some sacrifices along the way in terms of the squad who has helped him get back to the top-flight.
One of those players could be Barry Douglas. The 30-year-old Elland Road favourite has been superb for Leeds ever since arriving but now finds himself the subject of potential interest from north of the border, with Celtic said to be keen. (Sky Sports)
And with Rico Henry being touted as another potential signing for Leeds, could it be that Douglas’ time with the club may be up?
A younger replacement, this sometimes happens in football
As good as Barry Douglas has been for Leeds, there is no denying the quality that Rico Henry possesses in his locker. The Sun claims that Henry is a target for the Whites. And it’s easy to see why, in truth.
The Brentford ace is quick, he is athletic, and he gets forward to support the strikers and midfielders. At just 23, he is already everything clubs want from their modern-day full-backs.
While Henry did only manage the two assists last term, his relationship with Said Benrahma down the left was vital. Countless times he ran in behind to open space for Benrhama to then come inside and create. That is something that will have impressed Bielsa.
So, while it’s all well and good keeping the squad together when you win promotion, sometimes tough decisions need to be made.
Moving Douglas on and bringing Henry in is one of those decisions. However, in the long-term, it should suit Leeds and both players.