Leeds United tipped to offload key man amid Watford interest

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Leeds United fans must be pinching themselves.

After 16 long years away from the top flight the Yorkshire are finally back where they belong.

Winning promotion was an outstanding achievement, but what was even more impressive was the manner in which it was done.

Going up with a 10-point buffer on their nearest rivals showed just how dominant Leeds were last term, and for that the first team squad deserve credit.

Marcelo Bielsa was clearly the figure who pulled everything together, but at the end of the day it's the players who are responsible for getting result on the pitch.

The Argentine has decided to keep the faith with most of those players as they take to life in the Premier League, but that hasn't stopped them from adding some astute signings.

But with a handful of new players coming through the door at Elland Road, it has left some feeling somewhat vulnerable.

One of those players is Barry Douglas.

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The 31-year-old has fallen down the pecking order after suffering a series of injuries.

With his contract expiring at the end of the season, it seems that his days at the club could be numbered.

Watford are reportedly keen on a move before the EFL deadline on October 16 and according to former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson it seems inevitable that Douglas will move on.

Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: "“It looks like he will [leave].

“There’s only so much room in the squad for a certain number of players and Leif Davis has done very well.

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"He came off the bench on Saturday against Manchester City and did very well.

“It does look like Douglas will be moving on to play regular first-team football.”

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This seems like a move that is inevitable.

Barry Douglas is a player who was a very shrewd addition for Leeds United in the Championship.

Unfortunately things just haven't worked out over the last 12 months or so.

While injuries have played their part, Douglas has fallen down the pecking order since the Whites secured promotion to the Premier League.

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Now it seems like his days in the first team are numbered.

With his contract expiring at the end of the season, it would be the best option for all parties if Leeds can find a club in the Championship to offload him too.

The 31-year-old certainly has plenty to offer, and he deserves the chance to enjoy his football at a club challenging at the top end of the second tier.

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