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Michael Brown claims that leaving Leeds United to join Watford would be a “good move” for Barry Douglas.

The former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the left-back has failed to grasp his chance of cementing a first-team role at Elland Road.

As revealed by Football Insider, Leeds have given the Scotland international the green light to leave Elland Road and join an EFL side before the end of the domestic transfer window.

Watford have already made an approach to sign the 31-year-old while fellow Championship side Blackburn Rovers are also understood to be keen on striking a deal.

Brown believes that a move to Vicarage Road could help Douglas get his career back on track after a frustrating couple of years with Leeds.

Brown told Football Insider: “You just need to play, the longer you don’t play, it’s so hard – that’s the key. That area, I think, is still open to be taken, but he doesn’t seem to be grabbing it, you know?

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“I think if you can go and play at one of the favourites in the Championship – he didn’t play too much last season, did he – so I think that it’d be a good move.” 

Douglas has managed to play 44 times for Leeds to date, although the majority of those appearances came in his first season at the club.

He played in 17 games across all competitions last term and has not featured in a single Premier League matchday squad since the start of the new campaign.

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