Lots of Leeds fans have been reflecting on their recent form, and remarkable influence of Barry Douglas has not gone unnoticed.
Andrea Radrizzani and Marcelo Bielsa must have thought they’d won the lottery when they signed Douglas for a mere £3m this summer.
The flying Scotsman is now absolutely crucial to Bielsa’s system, and since the beginning of last season he boasts a truly incredible 17 Championship assists.
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Even without the assist numbers that Kevin De Bruyne would be proud of, the 29-year-old has been exceptional in other areas of the game as well.
He is winning 2.9 tackles per game and making 2.6 clearances per game, all while only being dribbled past 0.6 times per game which is far lower than the league average for full-backs.
Radrizzani and Victor Orta have taken plenty of stick since they arrived at Elland Road, but the summer move for Douglas is starting to look like one of the bargains of the century.
Fans are heaping praise on the move, and you can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
Barry Douglas is the best signing we’ve made in a long time. He is a quality player and when he plays the team look more comfortable and confident with him around. He is a very important player for us.
— Pete Johnson (@PeteJoh07) November 7, 2018
As important in attack as defence. Wigan game showed how much we missed him. I assume he would have a load of international caps if not for Liverpool’s Robertson?
— Batley (@BatleyBKK) November 7, 2018
A real selfless hard working pro with a great left foot, really need him to stay injury free.
— vincent o brien (@fabvinny) November 7, 2018
Best Leeds signing in the last few years
— @barryg45gardner (@barryg45gardne1) November 6, 2018
We literally bought him for three million British pounds. What a robbery
— ZL (@SupremeJansson) November 6, 2018
A fulcrum. Reminds me so much of the way Dorigo was so vital to the title winning side. A massively influential left back.
— Scott Crabtree (@ScottCrabby) November 6, 2018
What a player. Will never understand why wolves let him go. If only he can add a few goals to his game #lufc
— Johnny F (@JF_LUFCmod) November 6, 2018
What a bargain, made us into a top team hope he stays injury free for rest of season
— Castor Troy ?? (@Lister2011) November 6, 2018
Barry gives us so much always seeing the right pass and often one which puts us on the front foot. His delivery of corners is brilliant to. Absolute snip at £3m #lufc
— Chris Wheeler (@ChrisHWheeler) November 6, 2018
Barry Douglas best signing since we Gordon Strachan what a bargain #lufc?
— Pete’s Leeds? ????? (@BadgeSmiley) November 7, 2018