Wolverhampton Wanderers are currently enduring a miserable start to the season having found themselves facing a potential relegation scrap after picking up just six points from their opening nine Premier League games, with a return to the second tier a very real possibility at present.
The Old Gold are now in their fifth season in the top flight after enjoying a real rise in recent years, prior to this latest slump, having secured promotion out of the Championship back in the 2017/18 campaign during former boss Nuno Espirito Santo’s first season at the helm.
One figure who was crucial in helping to guide the Molineux outfit back into the top tier in that triumphant season was defender Barry Douglas, with the full-back proving a real fan favourite in what was his one and only campaign at the club.
The Scotsman had joined the Midlands side from Turkish outfit Konyaspor in the summer of 2017, going on to provide a remarkable haul of five goals and 14 assists in his 39 league games – with that latter tally of assists the joint-highest in the division that season.
The one-cap gem had offered a real threat down the left flank in his wing-back berth, although was unable to enjoy the fruits of his labour as he was swiftly axed prior to the start of the following season, eventually joining Leeds United on a £3m deal to see him forced to remain in the second tier.
That decision to allow the Glasgow-born star to depart had been a “surprising” one at the time- as per Wolves Fancast – although the aforementioned Nuno has seemingly been vindicated, with Douglas hardly pulling up any trees since then.
The first permanent signing of Marcelo Bielsa’s tenure in charge at Elland Road, the 5 foot 9 menace went on to make just 44 appearances for the Yorkshire over the next few years, notably again missing out on life in the Premier League as he was loaned out to Blackburn Rovers for the 2020/21 campaign, as his parent club made their return to the promised land.
After recording just two assists in 31 games during his time at Ewood Park, the ageing defender was subsequently released by Leeds upon his return to the club, eventually making a move to Polish side Lech Poznan where he had previously spent time earlier in his career.
Now 33, the £450k-rated veteran remains with the club at present, although has failed to provide a single goal contribution in 19 games in all competitions so far this term, having done little to leave those back at Molineux ruing their decision to let him depart. It truly seems as though they sold the full-back at exactly the right time.