Leeds move for Kristian Pedersen would surely end disastrous De Bock spell

According to German publication Bild, Leeds United are interested in signing Union Berlin left-back Kristian Pedersen this summer, and his arrival at Elland Road would surely bring the curtain down on a disastrous spell for Laurens De Bock.

What’s the word, then?

Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom

Well, Whites boss Paul Heckingbottom will already be identifying new signings as he looks to improve upon another disappointing campaign for the Championship club, as they went from promotion contenders in the first couple of months of the season to a 13th-place finish by the end.

Bild says that the Yorkshire outfit are keen on the 6ft 2in Pedersen, who only has one year remaining on his contract with the 2.Bundesliga club.

Leeds signed Laurens De Bock from Club Brugge from an undisclosed fee during the January transfer window, but injury and lack of form mean that he has endured something of a nightmare spell at Elland Road to date.

How has Pedersen done this season?

The left-back, who can also play as a centre-back, left wing-back and left midfielder, has scored one goal and provided a further three assists in 32 appearances in all competitions for the German outfit.

According to WhoScored.com, the 23-year-old’s main strengths are his ability to win aerial duels, make clearances and interceptions, and his tackling, and he has won 97 of the 154 headed duels he has faced in 31 2.Bundesliga outings this term.

Would he be a good signing for Leeds?

It’s difficult to say, but he could certainly be a great versatile defender option for them.

Following a number of poor signings from European leagues, the Yorkshire outfit need to be smarter in the transfer market this summer, and they need to be sure that the players they buy are suitable for the Championship.

Pedersen’s defensive skills and his physicality suggest that he would be a good fit, and he could be the perfect player to fight with youngster Tom Pearce for the left-back role next season.

His arrival would almost certainly signal the end for De Bock, who has been widely criticised on Twitter by Whites fans following some of his displays, with the Belgian just not getting to grips with the division at all when he has played.