Barry Douglas joined Leeds United for £3 million with a point to prove two years ago.
The Scottish defender had just helped Wolverhampton Wanderers to Premier League promotion but instead of getting the chance to mix it with England’s elite, he was sold back to a Championship club.
With that in mind, Douglas will have been determined to help Leeds back into the big time and get a chance to do what Wolves denied him – playing top-flight football.
But history might just repeat itself for the left-back this summer.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have a six-point cushion in the automatic promotion places and, barring a major collapse, they’re going to be back in the Premier League come next season.
But is Douglas going to be there? Potentially not.
Utility man Stuart Dallas has been the Whites’ left-back for most of the season, but he’s ruled out of Saturday’s trip to Blackburn and if Bielsa picks Ezgjan Alioski – traditionally a winger – over Douglas for left-back then it’ll speak volumes for how little the Argentine needs the 30-year-old.
Douglas has only managed 445 minutes of Championship football all season, being named on the bench 26 times since August.
If Bielsa hasn’t really needed him this season in the Championship, then what are the chances of him needing Douglas next season in the Premier League?
Being picked ahead of Alioski on Saturday might just offer him a lifeline, because there’s no telling how many games Dallas is going to miss and Douglas might get more opportunities to prove that he deserves to stay in West Yorkshire beyond this summer, but it’s so ominous if Bielsa punts for the Macedonia international at Ewood Park.
In other news, Jack Harrison hails Leeds teammate Ezgjan Alioski