Key Leeds United departure fuelled by Phil Hay verdict


Leeds United have had a busy old summer.

After securing promotion the task at hand was simple: Build a squad that is capable of staying in the Premier League.

Marcelo Bielsa has plenty of faith in the group of players who secured promotion for them in such emphatic fashion - after all, a side who finished 10 points clear of their nearest rivals is one that looks more than ready to step up a level.

But that hasn't stopped them adding quality to their squad.

Robin Koch and Rodrigo have joined a number of talented youngsters in joining Bielsa's side, while several more additions have been tipped to arrive in the coming weeks.

But with so many players coming in the the club it seems only natural that some players could leave.

A few members of the Leeds squad have attracted interest this summer, most notably Barry Douglas.

The former Wolves wing-back struggled for game time last term due to injury and has been linked with a move to Scottish champions Celtic this time as he seeks regular first team opportunities.


With less than a year left on his contract it seems that his days at Elland Road are numbered, and according to Phil Hay of The Athletic he could be contender to move on.

Speaking on The Phil Hay Show, Hay said: “I know Douglas has been linked with Celtic [but] there hasn’t been much said about his future around here.

“I haven’t heard him discussed as somebody who might go.

“But it does very much feel like he’s on the fringes – given how reliable [Stuart] Dallas is and given that you then have [Ezgjan] Alioski below [him].

“[Marcelo] Bielsa’s view beyond the two players that he likes for any position is that any further padding or any further support for that area should come from the [Under] 23s.


“It’s hard to see where this leaves Douglas, and his contract is starting to run down now. It doesn’t feel, still, as if this move is going to work for him as he would have wanted.”

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

With so many new players arriving at Elland Road it's natural that some players could be deemed surplus to requirements.

One of those seems to be Barry Douglas.

The left-back is deserving of being a first team regular at the highest level, but that opportunity seems like it won't arise at Elland Road.

A move to Celtic could be perfect for him.

It remains to be seen whether anything will come of this link, but with the player unlikely to feature for Leeds then it could be a move that benefits everyone.

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