Exclusive: Whelan expects Leeds star to be axed v Sheff Wed, 'One of his best games' on Monday
Noel Whelan suggests that Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is set to axe Barry Douglas from the starting XI against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker and boyhood supporter at Elland Road says that the Scottish international’s display against Arsenal was one of his best since he moved to the club.
Douglas has spent much of the season as Bielsa’s second choice on the left-hand side of the defence, with Ezgjan Alioski his more preferred option.
Despite having seen the Scot shine in the Whites’ 1-0 defeat in north London on Monday, Whelan says he thinks he will be back on the bench for Saturday’s Yorkshire derby.
“The biggest problem that he has is does he play Barry Douglas or Alioski?” Whelan told Football Insider.
“Barry Douglas I thought did very well the other night against Arsenal and it was probably one of his best games in a Leeds United shirt. That’s a selection headache there for Marcelo Bielsa.
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“He does tend to go for the more attacking players at full-back which suggests to me that Alioski will retain his place there.”
Douglas has played 10 times in the Championship for Leeds this season, niggling injury problems and the form of both Alioski and Stuart Dallas keeping him out or on the bench.
He has a total of 38 appearances under his belt for the Whites since moving from Wolves, fitness issues curtailing his first season at Elland Road.
In other Leeds United news, Whelan says one senior star’s “massive issue” is proving to be “very frustrating” this season.