Leeds United have put themselves in a strong position heading into the potentially season-defining festive period, which could make or break their season.
The Whites are sat third in the Championship table, and are just two points adrift of league leaders West Brom heading into the weekend’s set of fixtures.
One player that hasn’t featured as much during this year’s league campaign is Barry Douglas, with the full-back’s season being ravaged through injury.
Douglas recently took to Instagram to issue a social update, where the defender was pictured in Dubai.
But his recent social post doesn’t seem to have gone down too well with some of his friends in football, with Adam Forshaw and Izzy Brown not being impressed as they reacted to this image of the left-back.
Douglas has found consistent game time hard to come by in the Leeds squad this season and former Leeds man Noel Whelan has recently admitted in an interview with Football Insider that he wouldn’t be surprised to see the defender leave the club in the near future.
The former Wolves defender has been restricted to just eight appearances so far this term for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, so it’s clear to see that he’s not the first choice left-back at Elland Road.
Douglas has fallen down the pecking order in Bielsa’s plans, and is now behind both Stuart Dallas and Ezgjan Alioski, which might come as a surprise given that the pair are primarily midfielders.
Leeds are next in action when they take on Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on Saturday, in a game where they’ll be expected to pick up three points to keep their good run of form going.
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He’ll know that this is a crucial period of the season.
Douglas hasn’t had the game time he would have hoped for this term, and even though that’s down to injuries picked up during this year’s campaign, he’ll cut a frustrated figure at Elland Road right now.
But the hectic festive period often presents opportunities for players that haven’t featured much, and this could be the chance for Douglas to show Marcelo Bielsa what he can offer the Leeds team as they look to win promotion into the Premier League.