Former Dundee United man Barry Douglas has certainly made an impression at Leeds United as he departs the Elland Road club.
The left-back made an EFL deadline day move to Blackburn Rovers on a season-long loan move after a promising couple of seasons under Marcelo Bielsa’s reign at Leeds United.
He made 44 appearances at Elland Road as the Yorkshire club made a historic return to the Premier League. But chances at that level have come at a premium, opting to head back to the Championship with Blackburn this term
Clearly a big influence in the dressing room, director of football Victor Orta has paid a moving tribute to the former Dundee United star.
“You are clearly a top player and anyone who understands the game can see your quality,” he said. “Unfortunately things have just not fallen for you in the way they should have done during your time at Leeds United, which can happen in football.
“A lot of people credit Marcelo with changing the culture of Leeds United since he arrived, which is absolutely true, but you also arrived during the summer of 2018 and I know a lot of people also believe that your arrival at the club sparked a change in the dressing room too.
“You are a positive influence. I have seen first-hand how you have taken the younger players in the squad under your wing and given them important advice and it is clear to everybody that you are very popular amongst the senior players at the club.
“I understand why you are leaving. You are a proper professional and you want to play and I respect that greatly. You leave us as a champion on the pitch and I hope now people understand that you are a champion off the field too. Thank you for everything Barry.”
Douglas started his career at Queen’s Park, making over 60 appearances for the Spiders before a move to Tannadice. Moves abroad would follow after a spell in Tayside, joining Polish outfit Lech Poznan and Turkish team Konyaspor.
He returned to the UK in 2017 with Wolves before completing his move to Leeds a year later.