This article is part of Football FanCast’s Loan Watch series, which takes a closer look at those players who are aiming to galvanise their careers away from the spotlight of their parent club.
If Laurens De Bock had a difficult spell at Leeds, he’s now struggling again at Sunderland.
Perhaps he isn’t suited to English football or perhaps he just isn’t particularly good at the game. Either way, any chance of securing a second opportunity at Elland Road is very quickly flying past the Belgian.
Signed from Club Brugge after playing continental football, the left-back has rarely shown any signs of being the type of player to perform on that stage.
De Bock featured just seven times for Leeds before being sent on loan last term. He’s now at Sunderland for a temporary stay but isn’t exactly pulling up many trees.
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He made his debut against Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup last month but has failed to build on that.
The 26-year-old has since gone onto play two times in League One, quite the fall from grace from his time at Brugge.
It wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if he continued to struggle for minutes though, particularly after his latest performance.
De Bock’s display in a defeat against Lincoln last Saturday was pretty woeful, picking up a 4/10 rating from Chronicle Live.
They claimed he had a torrid time defensively and it’s not hard to see why.
The left-sided man gave away a penalty for a foul on Bruno Andrade and made two fouls before he was substituted just after the hour mark.
He failed to complete a single tackle and was dribbled past on one occasion, via WhoScored. With showings like this, it’s really no surprise that he struggled to make the grade at Elland Road.
Defensively he is extremely suspect and if he’s finding life troublesome in League One, he’ll never have the capabilities to perform to a consistent level in the Championship.
Receiving a loan spell in England was arguably the last chance saloon for De Bock but to date, he’s failed to take it with open arms.
Giving away a penalty and being withdrawn early just about sums up his time on British shores. Unfortunately for the Belgian, things don’t look like improving.