Phil Hay has provided a transfer update regarding two of Leeds United’s fringe players.
Being quizzed on any potential outgoings in a live Q&A session on The Athletic (23 August) (via Football League World), the journalist detailed information regarding the situations surrounding Vurnon Anita and Laurens De Bock.
“De Bock is expected to go to Greece to top-flight side Aris. Anita has still be training at Thorp Arch (at very different times to the first-team squad) but Leeds will happily listen to offers for him,” he answered.
“They won’t play in the 23s – Bielsa reserves that solely for involved players and academy prospects.”
It is hardly a surprise to hear that the two aforementioned players would be on the chopping block at Leeds this summer, although it is rather strange that a move for De Bock has taken an eternity to complete.
The Belgian confirmed a little while ago that he would be joining Aris Thessaloniki and it was rather clear that he had no future at Elland Road.
The 26-year-old played a bit-part role for both Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom in the 2017/18 campaign as he featured in just seven Championship matches (Transfermarkt). That was followed by an underwhelming time at KV Oostende as they decided against turning his temporary stay into a permanent one (Voetbal 24) as he made just 23 appearances for the Belgian outfit.
Anita is another member of the Leeds squad that Marcelo Bielsa appeared to deem surplus to requirements as soon as he arrived in Yorkshire, as he sent him out on loan to Willem II last summer.
Football Insider reported that the Argentine wanted the former Holland international to leave the club permanently this summer, however it appears to have been rather difficult to shift him on.
The 30-year-old, who has made just 22 appearances during his two-year spell at the club (Transfermarkt) under Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom combined, was thought to have been offered the chance to head to Greece himself, but it turns out he rejected the opportunity to join Panathinaikos.
It really is not a surprise to see De Bock and Anita be named by Hay in his Q&A as potential exits this summer, as it is rather clear they do not have a role to play for Bielsa at Leeds.
The Belgian, at least, looks close to sealing a move away from Elland Road but it appears shifting the versatile Dutchman is turning into a difficult task and one that could be hanging around at the club beyond the end of the transfer window if he is unlucky.
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