Noel Whelan has urged his former side Leeds United to sell Laurens De Bock before the main European transfer market closes on Monday, after the defender’s proposed move to Aris Thessaloniki collapsed.
Aris had been in talks with the Belgian left-back since the start of the month when it was thought he was all set to join the Greek Super League side, who would take the 26-year-old on loan with an option-to-buy next summer for a fee of around £500,000 (Yorkshire Evening Post).
But negotiations are believed to have been brought to a halt days before the European transfer market closes, however a move away from Elland Road may still occur, with new interest emerging from overseas and in the lower English football leagues.
The options now on the cards are said to have been received positively by De Bock, who has no way back into first-team football at Elland Road under Marcelo Bielsa after he deemed the KSC Lokeren product surplus to requirements last summer.
Whelan has now implored his former side to ensure that De Bock is sold before the end of September 2, and slammed the Dendermonde-born defender as a shocking signing while speaking with Football Insider.
“He was a shocking signing in the first place, just terrible,” the former Whites striker noted. “He did nothing and didn’t look interested.
“He couldn’t do the box-to-box role that Marcelo Bielsa demands of his full-backs, so it’s no surprise to me he is being sold.
“Both Leeds’ full-backs scored at the weekend, which shows how important the position is, and the ability to fly up and down the wing and contribute to attacks is vital. De Bock is not that kind of left-back.”
It remains to be seen where De Bock is plying his trade by the close of the major European markets, as a domestic move would represent a step down to either of League One or League Two for the outcast left-back.
A potential permanent move to former loan side KV Oostende was also turned down by the club (Voetbal 24) earlier in the summer, after he left much to the imagination during his temporary stint back in his homeland.
The Belgian should be looking for a move away from Elland Road, though, as things have not worked out for him in West Yorkshire after he failed to make an impact upon his arrival, and it would be unlikely that he is given another chance to impress under Bielsa given his current situation.
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