The domestic transfer window is coming towards an end, and it seems as though there’s still business to be done at Elland Road.
However, despite all the intrigue about potential incomings at Leeds, there is one potential exit that is making headlines.
Indeed, Barry Douglas could be set to leave the club on loan, with Watford apparently showing interest in the former Wolves man.
Douglas looks set to leave Leeds on loan for the remainder of the season, but we can’t quite get our heads around why Victor Orta would sanction such a deal.
The Scot is in the final year of his contract, meaning that a loan exit would likely see him leave on a free transfer next summer as he’s seemingly surplus to requirements at Elland Road. So why aren’t Leeds selling him for a fee?
Of course, selling a player is easier said than done, and there may be no interested suitors. However, if he’s going to go on a free next summer you should be looking for some sort of fee, even if it’s negligible.
Douglas isn’t a bad player by any means – he got 14 assists in the Championship during his last season with Wolves, and while he hasn’t quite reproduced that form at Leeds, it shouldn’t be that hard to find a club that are willing to pay a fee for him.
Getting Douglas off the wage bill seems to be a priority, and with just a few days left in the window, the loan move to Watford may be the best option at the moment, but United have had all summer to find him a permanent destination and to perhaps pocket a bit of extra cash from a sale, but for one reason or another, they’ve failed to do so.
Loaning Douglas out is almost consigning him to a free transfer next summer, and when you consider that Leeds spent £3m to sign him from Wolves, getting no return on that investment is nothing short of a disaster.