Transfer Focus: Laurens De Bock’s departure should teach Orta and Radrizzani some lessons

Leeds United are unsurprisingly trying to offload Belgian defender Laurens De Bock this summer according to Football Insider.

De Bock has spent this season out on loan in his native Belgium at K.V. Oostende and there seemingly is no future for him at Elland Road.

Never got started

Despite the Whites forking out £1.5 million for the defender his career at Elland Road never really got into second gear.

The left-back’s move was reportedly accelerated due to an injury to Luke Ayling leaving Leeds short at the back, and when a transfer happens in those circumstances it has to be labelled as a panic buy. 

The defender made only seven appearances for the club before being shipped out on loan signalling that his signing was a complete waste of time and money.

Poor piece of business

There’s no doubt that Leeds will struggle to recoup their £1.5 million for De Bock, but his story at Elland Road is one that supporters have heard far too often in recent years.

Leeds currently have a whole host of talent out on loan who weren’t deemed good enough for the squad almost as soon as they stepped through the door at Thorp Arch.

The likes of Jay-Roy Grot, Vurnon Anita, Caleb Ekuban and Hadi Sacko are all still on the books at the club and their only purpose is to serve as a reminder for the club’s previous mistakes whilst they ply their trade elsewhere on loan.

That is a sign that Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizzani need to be a little more careful when choosing their signings in future as their wage bill is being taken up by players who have no future at the club.

Leeds fans have previously lamented the lack of investment in the January transfer window this season. Perhaps if the men in charge of transfers had been savvier in the past, then there would be more funds for future reinforcements.