Why on earth did Leeds United not challenge Wolves for Barry Douglas?

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United scratches his head during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

Barry Douglas scored one of the free-kicks of the season so far as Wolves hammered Leeds United at Molineux on Tuesday.

Barry Douglas of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

Wolverhampton Wanderers were understandably effusive in their praise for left-back Barry Douglas after his stunning free-kick set them on their way to a 4-1 thrashing of Leeds United on Tuesday.

Signing from Turkish side Konyaspor for just £1 million, the ‘Scottish Roberto Carlos’ has been just one of a variety of success stories for the high-flying Midlanders this season.

In total, Douglas has scored twice and set up a further six in 11 Championship starts – a really impressive tally that has fans wondering where the 28-year-old has been hiding all this time.

In stark contrast, Leeds United were forced to field the under-fire Gaetano Berardi at left-back once more – the right-footed Swiss simply the best of a bad bunch.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United scratches his head during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

Since Leeds lost Charlie Taylor to Burnley in the summer, no one has looked like stepping up to replace the 23-year-old in Thomas Christiansen’s starting XI. The versatile Vurnon Anita is a stop-gap at best while Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has barely been seen since arriving on loan from rivals Manchester United.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson of Leeds  in action during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in Burnley, England.

But considering that Wolves paid just £1 million for arguably the division's best left-back, who is not even a client of super-agent Jorge Mendes, Leeds fans may wonder how the former Dundee United ace didn't show up on their club’s radar.

Director of Football Victor Orta has come under fire for signing cheap, imported players with no Championship experience. But Douglas would have been one gamble that could have paid off handsomely.

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