Barry Douglas left Leeds United on loan this week, but with the way the club have handled his departure, you’d be excused for thinking he’d been forced to retire prematurely due to a career-ending injury.
The Whites have gone well over the top in paying tribute to Douglas in every way imaginable and to be honest, it’s quite frankly embarrassing.
The left-back played just 44 games for the club in two seasons and he’s being treated as though he’s the second coming of Billy Bremner or John Charles, when in reality, he was a fringe player in United’s promotion push, not a key component in it.
Leeds have made a tribute video for social media set to emotional music designed to pull at the heart-strings, while both Victor Orta and Marcelo Bielsa paid tribute to Douglas with Bielsa claiming that the situation has made him ‘very sad’.
This is a man who started six league games last season, and played 44 times in total for the club, and while we don’t doubt that he’s a nice guy and people at the club will miss him, this is all a bit over the top isn’t it?
Pontus Jansson, who was the definition fan favourite and cult hero at Leeds got nothing like this when he left the club for Brentford last summer and neither did Kemar Roofe – a man who played three-times as many games for Leeds as Douglas did.
Ok, those two didn’t win promotion with Leeds, but they certainly contributed more during their time at the club than the Scot did.
Douglas never reached the heights expected of him at the club, he assisted just five goals in two campaigns after setting up 14 for Wolves the season prior to his arrival, but for some reason, the club are treating him as if he’s an academy product who has been on a decade-long journey to help get Leeds promoted, not a £3m flop who played just 644 minutes in United’s promotion season.