It was a busy summer for Leeds United, who weren’t shy when it came to spending money on new signings.
Barry Douglas’ exit late in the transfer window was one of few senior exits for the Whites, though a number of their younger players have joined EFL clubs on loan.
The Scotsman was linked with a move away from Elland Road throughout the summer, with Blackburn Rovers and Watford emerging as potential destinations.
The former eventually won the race, with Douglas joining on a season-long loan deal just before the deadline for domestic transfers on the 16th of October.
The left-back has joined Rovers to function as cover and competition for 26-year-old Amari’i Bell, who started the first six Championship games of the season for Tony Mowbray’s side.
After being an unused substitute for Blackburn’s 3-1 defeat to Watford last Wednesday, Mowbray handed Douglas his first start on Saturday and it’s fair to say the Leeds man didn’t disappoint.
Blackburn thumped Coventry City 4-0 at St Andrew’s with Adam Armstrong adding a brace to his already impressive goal tally and the 31-year-old’s debut performance was an impressive one.
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In his 61 minutes on the pitch, Douglas was dribbled past just once, made two interceptions and won both of his aerial duels (Sofascore).
He finished with 77% pass accuracy, provided four key passes, and connected with three of his four crosses on the day (Sofascore) – not bad for a debut.
The 31-year-old was often a reliable defender for the Whites but didn’t quite live up to expectations, which is perhaps due to the lofty bar he set for himself in his last season in the Championship with Wolves.
Douglas scored five goals and added 14 assists for the Midlands side in 2017/18 and Blackburn will no doubt be hoping they can help him return to that level.
Whether that will happen remains uncertain but the Scotsman has made a solid start.