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…
Leeds United remain unbeaten in all competitions this season after taking four points from a possible six in the league, and a 3-0 away win in the first round of the League Cup against Salford City.
One player who has struggled to make the step-up into the Whites first-team is 26-year-old left-back Laurens De Bock, who has made seven appearances since arriving at the club in January 2018 and spent last season in Belgium with Oostende on a season-long loan.
It did appear that a move to Greek side Thessaloniki was on the cards, as per Football Insider, but that has now seemingly fell through with no confirmation from either club.
So with De Bock’s future still up in the air, do you still expect Bielsa to offload the full-back before the end of the transfer window?
“Absolutely, his career at Elland Road is done.
“He hasn’t featured under Bielsa, who shifted him out on loan last season.
“De Bock doesn’t seem to have any place in the Argentine coach’s plans and Leeds have been fairly ruthless in offloading players this summer.
“I am surprised that he has remained at the club for this long this summer and expect he will be gone before the European transfer window closes.”
“It all depends on whether there is sufficient interest and if any interested parties meet Leeds’ valuation of the player, as that would be the only thing which could prevent a move.
“The reason for that is because he is not part of Marcelo Bielsa’s plans and it does not look like he ever will be. He has played only a handful of times for Leeds but none of those appearances came under the Argentine, and considering he spent time on loan in Belgium it is unlikely that he is good enough for the Championship, particularly Leeds.
“The only way he will come into contention is if Leeds suffer an injury crisis, as they are quite short on available left-backs, but even when Barry Douglas was injured last season Bielsa adjusted and used Stuart Dallas or Ezgjan Alioski to fill in, or operated a 3-4-3 formation to negate the issue.
“As a result, Bielsa will likely look to move him on, and as the player also likely wants a move he will probably exit before the window closes.
“If there’s a suitable offer on the table you’ve got to imagine De Bock will be on the more – whether that’s on loan or permanent.
“Leeds have just offloaded the likes of Tom Pearce and Clarke Oduor due to the fact there’s so much competition at left-back these days, so there’s zero chance De Bock will be offered a first-team chance.
“In truth, he’s never looked up to the English game and a move back into Europe makes complete sense.
“It’ll be a plus if Leeds can ship him on before the end of August.”