Tim Spiers is reporting that Barry Douglas could be heading to Leeds after Wolves accepted an offer from the Championship club.
In what appears a strange decision at first glance given his exceptional contribution to our league winning campaign, when you step back and see what’s happening at Wolves, it starts to make more sense.
The incoming Jonny Castro hasn’t joined from Atletico Madrid to sit on the bench and with Ruben Vinagre presumably signed on a permanent deal with a view to getting more game time, something had to give.
There’s also the continued pursuit of Zinchenko from Man City, although Tim Nash has suggested that may have come to an end with the imminent capture of Jonny.
From a tactical perspective, I’ve long felt the system Wolves employee could benefit from having more pace in wingback positions.
Douglas, for all his dead ball wizardry rarely overlaps and his lack of mobility would almost certainly be targeted by teams looking for obvious chinks in the armour.
That said, he was so destructive from corners and free-kicks last season, registering 14 assists as Wolves continually broke through from set pieces, it’s still a shock to see him heading for a possible exit.
You would hope though that with the players at Nuno’s disposal Wolves won’t be relying on continually loading the ball into the area and even when they are, we have plenty of options to deliver the goods.
‘Ruthless’ seems to be the word many are employing and perhaps it is the most apt reaction. But ruthless can be good when you’re looking to make rapid gains and it’s clear Wolves are taking giant steps forward given the calibre of players coming through the door.
Nuno wants a lean squad and as any top manager will tell you, everyone benefits when the majority of players are involved.
As painful as it is to see such a top professional that’s served the club brilliantly in the last 12 months depart, it would be to nobody’s benefit to see him camping out in the reserves.
Wolves will pocket a significant fee if the move completes, he’ll get first team football at a big club that’s significantly closer to his native Scotland.
It’s not sad, it’s just a sign of the times.