Exclusive: Michael Brown reacts as Leeds ready to sell Bielsa signing
Michael Brown has suggested that Leeds United defender Barry Douglas does not fit Marcelo Bielsa’s style of play after struggling for game time this season.
The former Leeds and Portsmouth midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says it is clear the Argentine boss wants a more attacking option at full-back and that the 30-year-old lacks the desired qualities.
As revealed exclusively to Football Insider, Leeds are prepared to listen to any offers for the Scotland international regardless of which division they are in next season, his contract set to expire in 2021.
With Bielsa rotating between Ezgjan Alioski and Stuart Dallas at left-back for the majority of the campaign, Brown believes Douglas is not what the boss is looking for – though he did not rule out a comeback to the side.
Brown told Football Insider: “I think it’s been difficult for him because he needs a run of games. For lots of periods of time now we’ve seen Marcelo Bielsa play Alioski down the left-hand side, we’ve now seen Dallas come in there now.
“When he’s playing more forward-minded players in those positions, you would say that his style is not suiting Marcelo Bielsa. All you can do as a player there, when you’re not getting in, is train as hard as you can, take on what the manager does and try and work your way back in to the team.
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“We’ve seen people many times who have not really played much come back into the team and I think the perfect example of that is John Lundstram at Sheffield United.”
Douglas, who was signed by Bielsa from Wolves back in 2018, has played just 13 times for Leeds this season, his last league outing coming at the start of January.
He has a total of 39 appearances under his belt for the Whites, having won the Championship title in his final season at Molineux.
In other Leeds United news, Brown has heralded an “important” boost for a senior star at the club.