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Transfer Flashback: Laurens De Bock

Transfer Flashback: Laurens De Bock

Leeds United were desperate to secure a left-back after losing Luke Ayling to injury, so they swooped in to secure the services of Laurens De Bock in January of this year.

Some supporters were over the moon with the club’s choice to bring him in on a permanent deal, as they took to the confirmation of the signing on Twitter in a delightful manner.

Laurens De Bock joined HO Kalken in his youth. After three years, the defender made the switch to Standaard Wetteren, where he was discovered at the age of 11 by scouts of KSC Lokeren.

After coming through the KSC Lokeren youth set up, manager Georges Leekens brought then 16-year-old De Bock to the first team squad. And, in the 2009/10 season, in the first match of the play-offs, De Bock made his debut at the highest level under manager Emilio Ferrera.

However, on the 5th of January, De Bock joined Club Brugge, where he signed a contract until the end of the 2017 season, for a transfer fee of €3.5 million (£3.1 million). He won the Belgian Cup with Brugge during the 2014–15 season and followed this up by winning the Belgian Pro League and then the Belgian Super Cup in 2016.

On the 11th of January 2018, Andre Radrizzani managed to bring Lauren De Bock to Leeds United on a four-and-a-half-year contract.

The defender didn’t get off to the best of starts in the white shirt as he made his debut for Leeds on the 20th of January 2018 in a dramatic 4-3 loss against Millwall. De Bock managed to make seven appearances for the Whites, which included a number of nervy performances, before losing his place to Tom Pearce.

However, with the full-back now spending the current campaign out on loan at Dutch side K.V Oostende, it’s clear to see that he was a complete waste of money and will go down as one of Andrea Radrizzani’s worst ever signings.

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