By Alex McLeish

14th Oct, 2020 | 7:00am

'Massive' - Exclusive: McLeish reacts as cash-rich club try to sign Leeds star by Friday

Alex McLeish has tipped Barry Douglas to star if Watford agree a loan or permanent deal with Leeds United. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League and Scotland manager insists his fellow countryman has the experience and quality to cope with the “massive” demands the Hornets will have this season.

As revealed by Football Insider, Watford have already made an approach to sign the 31-year-old ahead of Friday’s domestic deadline.

It is understood that Leeds have told Douglas he is free to find a new club over the coming days after falling down the pecking order at Elland Road.

McLeish believes that Douglas could cope with the intense demands of the Championship at Watford, who are cash rich after a long spell in the Premier League and will also benefit from parachute payments for three seasons.

“Watford aren’t in the Premier League, they’ll be smarting the fact that they were relegated, they will feel like they have something to prove,” McLeish told Football Insider.

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“Troy Deeney, etcetera, in that dressing room will be cracking the whip and telling the other players in that dressing room that we have to get back to the Premier League.

“To do that in the Championship, there has to be a massive level of consistency and Douglas has got that experience. If Watford go for him then you would think he would add to the squad.”

Douglas has fallen down the pecking order at Leeds since his move from Wolves, with Stuart Dallas, Ezgjan Alioski and Leif Davis preferred at left-back.

His only appearance this season came in the League Cup defeat to Stoke City and he has not been involved in a single Premier League matchday squad.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have been tipped to pay a fee for a player who left Elland Road under a cloud.