Radrizzani reportedly signs catalyst for promotion, more to follow at Leeds

Andrea Radrizzani, Owner of Leeds United (3R) looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on October 21, 2017 in Bristol, England.

Leeds United's transfer business is finally getting underway.

Andrea Radrizzani, Owner of Leeds United (3L) looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on October 21, 2017 in Bristol, England.

 

Finally Leeds United have opened the chequebook and sanctioned a permanent transfer. And what a fantastic one it appears to be.

Barry Douglas is signing for Leeds from Wolves, the Express and Star report, a move which is a major statement of intent.

 

Bringing Marcelo Bielsa in as manager was a sign of ambition at Leeds, but a month passed with only two loan signings and questions were rightly being asked.

Had Leeds spent all their money on Bielsa? Are sporting director Victor Orta and managing director Angus Kinnear up to the tasks which are required of them? Is Leeds a vanity project for Radrizzani?

All are valid questions, and somewhat bizarrely, the signing of a 28-year-old Scottish left-back promises to change everything.

Barry Douglas of Wolverhampton Wanderers chests the ball down during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton and Fulham at Molineux on November 3, 2017 in Wolverhampton,...

Barry Douglas was terrific for Wolves last season, leading them to promotion.

He is a set piece specialist as Leeds found out to their cost, and comparisons will inevitably be drawn with Ian Harte.

14 assists shows he has plenty to his game, and only Wolves' stratospheric ambition has made Douglas available.

Best of all, Douglas is the catalyst for more signings to head to Elland Road over the next fortnight.

Big name players haven't quite made it to Leeds until now, perhaps wondering if the club were serious about their talk of promotion.

Signing Douglas shows they are, and Elland Road is suddenly going to be more of an attractive destination than in recent transfer windows.

The Wolves left-back is unlikely to be the only one arriving at Leeds over the next two weeks.

Barry Douglas of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday at Molineux on April 28, 2018 in...

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