No unfit players under Marcelo Bielsa's regime at Leeds United, says Barry Douglas

Barry Douglas says he's fit and ready for the Championship due to Marcelo Bielsa's training regime.

Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 4:45 pm
Barry Douglas in action against Blackburn last season. (Getty)

Barry Douglas believes there are no unfit players under Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United after making a swift start to life with Blackburn Rovers.

The 31-year-old left-back made the move from Yorkshire to Lancashire on loan earlier this month in a bid for regular first team football.

Douglas joined Leeds in 2018 from Wolverhampton Wanderers and played a largely squad-based role in United’s promotion last term.

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The Scot then found himself further down the pecking order at Elland Road under Bielsa, having secured the Championship title for a second time in his career.

The defender will depart the club on a free transfer next summer when his contract expires after failing to kick a ball with the Whites in the Premier League.

Douglas was handed his full debut at Blackburn last weekend and made just his third start in 12 months following his switch to Ewood Park.

New boss Tony Mowbray saw his Rovers side topple Coventry City 4-0 in league action and the defender says he has got up to speed quickly thanks in part to the fitness regime at Thorp Arch.

“Physically I feel fine, I don’t think there’s any unfit players under Marcelo Bielsa,” Douglas said.

“For me it’s about getting that match sharpness, getting the eye back in and an understanding with the players here, and that comes with games and training.”

Asked about his first showing in a Blackburn shirt, he added: “There’s always room for improvement, but it was a nice debut, nice to get off to winning ways.

“I was more happy to be out on a pitch and enjoying it with the guys, seeing how they play and set up. There’s loads more to come from me, and that will come with time and settling in.

“I know my strong attributes and I know it will suit the way we’re trying to play.

“The attacking players are always on the front foot trying to score goals, it’s brilliant for the wide players, you always have that option to be positive.

“I think we’ll get some success this year.”