In our Loan Watch feature series, the Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a selection of players from a particular club are faring whilst they are away from their parent side, and provide a brief update regarding their form.
Whilst Leeds United enter the international break with some work to do after a period that has seen Marcelo Bielsa’s side stumble to results and see their progress halted, now would appear to be a good time to see how some of their misfits are currently doing whilst playing their football away from Elland Road.
Laurens De Bock
Laurens De Bock has started to be introduced into first-team football with Sunderland at a rather slow rate, however he could be in line to rack up more minutes, providing whoever Jack Ross’ successor is, views the Belgian as a member of his plans.
The 26-year-old has made just two League One appearances for the Black Cats so far this season, with his latest coming at the weekend in their 2-0 defeat to Lincoln City.
Whilst it was not the best of matches for Sunderland, the Belgian did not have the greatest of afternoons either as he was responsible for giving away the penalty from which Tyler Walker netted (Leeds Live).
De Bock was an unused substitute in the Mackem’s 3-2 win over Grimsby Town in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night as the club began life without Ross.
Jay-Roy Grot had a better weekend than De Bock had as the Dutchman helped his side to victory in the Eredivisie.
On loan at Vitesse Arnhem, the 21-year-old came off the bench with 20 minutes or so to go and did enough to help his side beat FC Utrecht 2-1 (WhoScored).
The striker has made nine appearances so far in Holland’s top-flight division, however he has found goals hard to come by as he has managed to find the back of the net just once in 483 minutes of action (WhoScored).
As with Grot, Conor Shaughnessy was also on the winning end and had to make do with a place on the bench at the beginning of the game.
The 23-year-old, who is currently plying his trade with Mansfield Town in League Two, came onto the pitch with just five minutes to go, however he helped the Stags to break a winless run of four-games when they beat Grimsby 1-0 at the weekend (WhoScored).
The Irish defender played the duration of their EFL Cup match against Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday but he was unable to prevent the side from being beaten in a penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 draw in normal time (WhoScored).
There is no point in beating around the bush when it comes down to these three, as none of them appear to have a real chance of playing for Leeds whilst Bielsa remains in charge of the Whites.
None of the aforementioned individuals have played for the Argentine since he arrived at Elland Road, with De Bock and Grot both having spent last season on loan whilst Shaughnessy did not feature at all.
Indeed, playing regular minutes will be good for the individuals involved as it could help them (and the Whites) to find new employers in the summer and get the ball rolling regarding their careers.
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