Leeds United news: McLeish reacts to likely Douglas exit

Alex McLeish insists that Barry Douglas would be a “great buy” as Leeds United prepare to offload the left-back ahead of Friday’s EFL deadline.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes that a move away from Elland Road could help the 31-year-old rediscover his “terrific” potential.

As revealed by Football Insider last week, Leeds are expecting the Scotland international to leave for a Championship side before the domestic window shuts in a couple of days. 

Douglas has struggled for game time with Leeds and has been told he can find a new club.

McLeish, who handed the defender his one and only cap for Scotland to date, believes that the former Wolves man would benefit from a move and that he would be a good addition for a number of clubs.

McLeish told Football Insider: “I had Barry with Scotland, I think it was his debut for Scotland when we played Hungary which we won 1-0 and Barry played a terrific game.

“I thought this guy has got a lot of potential. He’s 31, I’m saying potential but I meant potential for the national team, a late bloomer coming in – obviously with Robertson and Tierney in place at the time, it was tremendous competition to try cement that place permanently.

“He was a good addition and he seems to have faded a wee bit over the last couple of years since leaving Wolves. He could be a great buy or loanee for a particular team, any team who’s looking in that position.” 

Douglas has not featured in a single one of the Whites’ Premier League matchday squads this season.

He has a total of 44 appearances under his belt for Leeds, although only 30 of those have come among the starting XI.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are preparing to launch a midfield raid before Friday.