Exclusive: Leeds to listen to offers for senior star in summer regardless of promotion
Leeds United are set to listen to offers for Barry Douglas in the summer regardless of whether they get promoted, Football Insider has learned.
The Scotland international, 30, returned to the squad for last night’s 1-1 draw against Brentford after a four-match absence but was an unused substitute as Stuart Dallas slotted back in at left-back.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club are preparing for the possibility of Douglas looking for a new club at the end of the season.
He was expected to be a transformative signing when prised from Wolves for £3million in the summer of 2018 after his key role in their promotion campaign.
But the experienced campaigner has failed to hit anywhere near the same heights at Elland Road.
Douglas’ contract will have 12 more months to run at the end of the season and he is likely to look for a new club where he can expect to be a regular starter.
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He has been hit by injury and mixed form and is effectively third choice left-back behind converted wingers Dallas and Ezgjan Alioski.
Douglas’ stop-start United career has seen him accumulate 39 appearances in all competitions.
Thirteen of those have come this season but he has started only one Championship match since August, the 2-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday last month.
Marcelo Bielsa now appears to regard the versatile Dallas as first choice at left-back, as he replaced Alioski in that position following the return of Kalvin Phillips to central midfield at Brentford.
In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that the club are set to make £45million-plus announcement in the next few weeks.