Laurens De Bock has linked up with Alan Pardew after joining ADO Den Haag on loan this week.
You probably won’t have believed that sentence if you read it a few months ago, but this weird world of football does throw up some incredible scenarios.
It may sound strange due to Pardew’s tarnished reputation after his poor record at West Brom (winning just three times in 21 matches), but there may not be a better manager for Leeds to send De Bock to.
Pardew isn’t as inept as his reputation may suggest, and his successes often come soon after joining a club.
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Hayden Mullins once described him as a great motivator, and he has often proven himself to be the perfect boss for a ‘new manager bounce’.
Football365 once called the former Newcastle boss ‘the rollercoaster manager’ due to the initial high followed by a complete drop off in form towards the end of each of his tenures, and they’re right.
At West Brom he may have been terrible, but to begin with he was a solid operator as he lost just four of his first 12 games, masterminding a win against Liverpool and a draw against Arsenal during that time.
It’s a trend that has been evident throughout his career too. He lost just four of his first 15 games as Palace boss, and he managed to elongate his initial great start at Newcastle as he led them to a fifth-placed finish in 2012, before becoming a hated figure amongst the fanbase.
De Bock is going to Pardew at the perfect time, and if the former West Ham boss manages to get off to a good start in the Netherlands after being appointed on Christmas Eve, then that could benefit Leeds.
The defender has six months under Pardew, and if the trend of his teams performing well soon after his appointment continues, then he could put himself in the shop window and finally earn a permanent move away from Elland Road. That may even potentially be to the Netherlands as Den Haag reportedly have an option to buy.
Landing the windfall from selling De Bock would be a financial boost, as would finally ridding themselves of his wages. It’s an unlikely story, but Leeds may truly benefit from Pardew this season.