Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has praised the performance of Barry Douglas against Blackburn Rovers after he started his first game for the club since January.
With Stuart Dallas injured and Gjanni Alioski having to fill in for the similarly absent Helder Costa on the wing, Leeds’ head coach had little choice but to give Douglas a reprieve.
The 30-year-old, who has struggled to play regular football this season because of injury and the form of Dallas, played the full 90 minutes for only the third time this season.
Speaking to the press after the game, as relayed by Leeds Live, the Leeds head coach admitted he was impressed with the Scotland international’s display and explained why he has not been featuring regularly.
“In defence he had a good match, an efficient match. We were playing out, he is always correct. And even (though) he didn’t attack a lot, he chose the right moments to attack.
“The position of left-back, he was injured. After Dallas was one of the players with more impact in the team, he couldn’t get continuity playing. Maybe this was the reason that he didn’t play as much as he imagined.”
Douglas certainly took his chance with an excellent display for the Whites at Ewood Park.
When signed from Wolves at the start of last season, the left-back was supposed to fill a long-term problem position for Leeds.
However, injuries have seen him struggle to do so, with Dallas instead emerging as Leeds’ best left-back option in recent months.
But this performance showcased that Douglas still has plenty to offer the club and at a vital time as Leeds enter their promotion squeaky bum time.