Blackburn Rovers defender Barry Douglas has claimed that no player can be unfit under Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa as he discusses life after leaving Elland Road on loan.
The 31-year-old appeared excess to requirements at Leeds and joined Rovers on a season-long loan ahead of the deadline for domestic transfers on the 16th of October.
Douglas made his first start for his new club on the weekend, helping them claim a 4-0 win against Coventry City.
The game was just the Scotsman’s third start in the last year but, speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, he indicated that Bielsa’s strict training regime meant he felt in great shape.
He said: “Physically I feel fine, I don’t think there’s any unfit players under Marcelo Bielsa.
“For me it’s about getting that match sharpness, getting the eye back in and an understanding with the players here, and that comes with games and training.”
Douglas added that he feels he is settling in well after leaving the Whites.
He explained: “It’s been positive. It’s been a hectic week, changing clubs and then two games in quick succession.
“It’s been a nice transition, all credit to the lads and staff here, they’ve really taken me in.
“They have made it very easy for me to settle in. It can be difficult sometimes to find your feet in new surroundings, but it’s a very humble dressing room and it’s been an enjoyable experience.”
The left-back has arrived as cover and competition for Amari’i Bell and displaced the 26-year-old on Saturday.
After an impressive display, he may be on his way to being Tony Mowbray’s first choice but given the fixture congestion over the next few weeks, you’d imagine the Blackburn boss will be keen to rotate the duo.
Rovers will be hoping Douglas can rediscover the form that saw him score five goals and provide 14 assists as Wolves secured promotion to the Premier League in 2017/18.
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Leeds fans will likely love to hear Douglas talking up Bielsa’s training regime as he settles into life at his new club.
Things didn’t quite work out for the Scotsman at Elland Road and he’ll be hoping that this fresh start can help him get back to his best.
If he can do that, he will be a fantastic player for Mowbray to have and a dangerous weapon for Blackburn on that left flank.