Leeds United got their Championship campaign off to a good start, seeing off Stoke City at Elland Road 3-1. However, this game will have been an indicator for some players that they are not part of Marcelo Bielsa’s first team plans.
Bielsa’s Leeds revolution got off to the perfect start. The Whites blew Stoke City away in their opening fixture, playing with an intensity and belief which has been lacking at Elland Road for years. The attacking style of play hints Leeds will be entertaining to watch as well as effective this season.
One of those players is Belgian Laurens De Bock, who is valued at £1.8m by Transfermarkt. The Whites signed the player from Club Brugge for an undisclosed fee in January, but he made just three Championship appearances. He has simply failed to break into the starting line-up.
De Bock did not even make the squad for the 3-1 win over relegated Stoke City on the opening fixture of the season. This would strongly suggest he is not close to the Argentine’s first team plans.
Bielsa is widely known for his unique tactical approach. His meticulous approach to research makes it even more likely that he had considered, and then disregarded for former Club Brugge man from his plans for the West Yorkshire outfit. Bielsa demands high levels of pressing and versatility from his players, with De Bock functioning solely as a left-back, his lack of positional diversity is likely a big reason he is not favoured by the Argentine.
The 25-year-old left-back will regret not moving on from Elland Road now in search of reigniting his career. Perhaps a move back to native Belgium would be the wisest move for the player.