This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Vladimir Ivic’s Watford are looking to secure an agreement with Leeds United to sign left-back Barry Douglas on loan, according to the print edition of The Sun on Sunday (11/10; page 61).
The 31-year-old is yet to feature in the Premier League for Leeds and it’s expected that he will depart Elland Road on loan, with the Hornets in pole position to land his signature.
So, from a Watford perspective, would this be a good signing for Ivic’s side? Is he needed? Would he be a regular starter for the Hornets?
The team here at FLW have their say…..
This would be a top signing for Watford.
Douglas has proven to be a quality player in the Championship over the past few years, establishing himself as an important player for Wolves as they won promotion in 2017/18 and also winning promotion with Leeds United last season.
He’s been slightly unlucky with injuries during his time at Elland Road, though, so whether he’d be able to play every single game in a very busy Championship campaign remains to be seen, but his quality is there for all to see.
Watford are in need of a new left-back and need to bring one in before the transfer deadline, having bid farewell to the likes of Pervis Estipunan and Jose Holebas earlier on in the window, and Douglas, if fit, should be a regular starter for the Hornets.
He is very good at getting forward and creating chances for his teammates, but he is also solid in defence and would be a fine addition for Vladimir Ivic’s side.
Having moved on two left-backs this summer, this is a signing that Watford need.
Douglas struggled for regular game-time last season due to the form of Stuart Dallas, but the two campaigns prior – the first being at Wolves – he was arguably the best full-back in the Championship.
At 31, Douglas has an abundance of experience and not only boasts a mean delivery, but is defensively sound.
Watford will no doubt be looking to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking, and the left-back has been promoted as champions twice in the previous three seasons.
I think so.
Douglas is a good player and one that I am perhaps surprised we’ve not yet really seen in the Premier League after leaving Wolves and now potentially leaving Leeds with the quality that he has.
As long as he can stay fit for Watford I think he’d be a good signing for them whilst he obviously has promotion-winning experience and that could be crucial for a Hornets team looking to bounce straight back into the Premier League.
It looks as though they’re well in with a chance of getting him and so I can see this one being a success if it happens.