Leeds United drew 1-1 with Preston North End on Boxing Day and missed the opportunity to close the gap on West Bromwich Albion at the summit of the table.
The Whites were unusually lacklustre in the first half and they will have to be pleased with a point given how slow they were out the blocks.
However, a talking point emerged before a ball had even be kicked as Adam Pope confirmed that Barry Douglas was absent from the matchday squad.
The 30-year-old left-back has played just 335 Championship minutes this season from three starts but his most recent absence appears to have frustrated a handful of supporters.
There fans suggested that Douglas has been keeping a high profile on Instagram of late for someone who is reportedly ill…
How is Douglas ill? Hes been flaunting around too much on his insta stories for someone that’s ill….
— Olly (@LS10Whites) December 26, 2019
Can someone tell the long term injured and ill they need to stop parading themselves around at pantomimes and with all the family dressed up identically . in normal work life they would have their pay stopped for taking the piss
— Andy Rodley (@AndyRodley) December 26, 2019
Douglas ill! Hahaha! Might wanna give his insta a miss!
— James Jaffray (@jaffacakes1984) December 26, 2019
The amount of posts of Douglas looking fine is ridiculous to say he’s ill
— Mitchell Emmerson (@MitchellEmmers2) December 26, 2019
The frustration that appears to be rising amongst the Elland Road faithful is more than understandable given Douglas should be the club’s first choice at left-back – on paper, at least.
And the level of discontent over Douglas has spiked among a handful of supporters, with some suggesting he should (or could) be offloaded when the January window opens for business next month.
— Daniel Gathercole (@gather100) December 26, 2019
I think the best for both player and club may be to move him on in January. He said a few things last season made me think he regretted coming to Leeds and wasn’t in the best of places mentally. He’s only making the bench most weeks to make up the numbers.
— James Chadwick (@jfrankc) December 26, 2019
Might as well sell Douglas
— Rob (@Rob__Robinson) December 26, 2019
Finally, two more fans suggested he’s effectively become redundant in Yorkshire such is his lack of involvement in the team.
What a waste of space Douglas has become
— Poz (@Poz89) December 26, 2019
When is Douglas out of contract? Another hopeless left back signing.
— Steve Jones (@sjlufc) December 26, 2019
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