Marcelo Bielsa explains Barry Douglas substitution for Leeds United

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Leeds United at KCOM Stadium on October 2, 2018 in Hull, England.

Leeds United have lost to West Bromwich Albion in the Championship.

Matt Phillips of West Bromwich Albion with Ezgjan Alioski of Leeds United and Barry Douglas of Leeds United  during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Leeds...

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has explained to Leeds Live why he took off Barry Douglas against West Bromwich Albion.

Douglas started the Championship game for Leeds at The Hawthorns, but Bielsa decided to take off the former Wolverhampton Wanderers left-back in the 73rd minute.

Jack Harrison, signed on loan from Premier League club Manchester City in the summer transfer window, came on for 29-year-old Douglas, who joined Leeds from Wolves in the summer transfer window for a fee reported by Sky Sports to be worth £3 million.

 

Leeds head coach Bielsa has explained his decision to take off Douglas and replace him with Harrison.

Bielsa told Leeds Live about Douglas: “Douglas had a regular performance. He didn’t have problems to face the challenge with the number 10. And with the development of the game I thought I had to take a risky decision.

“And I thought that the couple of Alioski, Harrison had a higher offensive impact than Douglas and Alioski, which was balanced. And I thought it was the moment where we had to take risks.”

Barry Douglas of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United at Hillsborough Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

Strange decision?

Douglas played well for Leeds against West Brom, as he defended well and also tried to launch attacks.

The former Wolves left-back was very strong defensively, and perhaps Bielsa should have kept the 29-year-old on the pitch.

According to WhoScored.com, Douglas had one shot, played one key pass, had a pass accuracy of 85.1%, won one header, took 69 touches, and made three tackles, one interception and three clearances.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa looks on before kick off during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United at The Hawthorns on November 10, 2018 in...

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