Leeds United journalist Beren Cross has confirmed outcast full-back Laurens De Bock is set to leave the club this summer.
The lowdown: Lesser-seen signing
Signed as part of the ongoing Victor Orta led transfer regime at Elland Road in 2018, De Bock cost a reported £1.5million from Belgian side Club Brugge.
However, the versatile defender only made seven appearances for the Whites at the start of the 2018/19 campaign before being loaned out to KV Oostende and subsequently spending time at Sunderland and ADO Ten Haag prior to his most recent spell with Zulte Waregem.
Now as the end of the current campaign comes to an end and with it the latest in a long line of temporary moves for De Bock, one reputable Leeds voice has delivered an update on the Belgian’s future…
The latest: ‘Finally’
Responding to questions in a Q&A for Leeds Live, Cross dealt with what happens next regarding the former Belgium youth international.
He explained: “De Bock’s deal finally expires this summer and he will walk away as a free agent.”
This confirms previous reports that the player is not expected to play again for Leeds.
The verdict: Best possible outcome
While it’s incumbent upon Leeds to deal with De Bock throughout the duration of his contract in Yorkshire, it’s felt for some time now as if the writing has been on the wall for the 29-year-old.
Despite the ongoing injury plight that has plagued the ranks this term, it’s perhaps telling that perennial loanee’s absence hasn’t been derided as this season the Belgian has made 30 appearances across all competitions in his homeland.
How many signings do Leeds need to make this summer?
When the defender does leave on a free, additional funds should be made available for wages, something that could be key whether Jesse Marsch is attempting to attract players to either plot a Championship promotion push or a more successful Premier League campaign.
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