Sunderland have confirmed that they have completed a loan deal for Leeds United left-back Laurens De Bock.
The Black Cats have been pursuing a left-back throughout the summer transfer window, with Swansea City’s Declan John, Kilmarnock’s Greg Taylor and Sheffield Wednesday’s Morgan Fox among those who have been targeted.
De Bock has played a total of seven games for Leeds since signing for them in January 2018, with the most recent of those coming in a 2-2 draw against Reading in March 2018 – though he has not won any of those games, as per Transfermarkt.
He spent last season on loan with KV Oostende playing a total of 23 games in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League, the play-offs and domestic cup, scoring twice, as per Transfermarkt.
That season he was played in various positions, including centre-back and left-midfield, as well as being deployed at left-back, though it is unlikely Sunderland will utilise this versatility, due to their need for another option on the left side of their defence.
Denver Hume has been the club’s main left-back this season, filling the position four times so far, meaning De Bock will be used to give him competition.
It was important for Sunderland to sign another left-back due to their lack of options in the position, so it is encouraging that they have done this.
The interesting thing now will be whether De Bock is able to get into the team ahead of Hume and make the position his own for the campaign.
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