As Jesse Marsch looks to rebuild this Leeds United squad in his image over the summer transfer window, one man to whom he will surely say goodbye is Laurens de Bock.
The Belgian was signed for £3m by Thomas Christiansen back in January 2018, becoming the then-Leeds manager’s third arrival of the winter transfer window.a
However, following his move, things just didn’t go to plan for the £15k-a-week earning full-back, who struggled to really make much of an impact at Elland Road.
The 29-year-old would go on to play just seven times for the Yorkshire club before eventually losing his first-team place to a teenage Tom Pearce.
After finding himself out of the picture, De Bock was quickly shipped out on loan – indeed, he has since had four different spells at the likes of Oostende, Sunderland, ADO Den Haag and finally Zulte Waregem, where he has been since the summer of 2020.
Back in his native Belgium, the 29-year-old has seemingly find a more natural home, becoming a first-team regular for Zulte and making 28 appearances in all competitions this season.
With his contract at Leeds expiring this summer, now is the perfect chance for both sides to finally wave goodbye on a permanent basis, something that former Whites goalkeeper Paul Robinson has backed to happen.
The Englishman said: “He’ll obviously be well-informed about the player and know exactly where he is, how many games he’s played and what level he’s at. It’s a decision for Jesse Marsch to look at and decide what he wants going forward.
“If they saw it fit to loan him out this season, with his contract ending, it was the last chance for him to either be put in the shop window to look for other employment or sign a new contract at Leeds. But if they see it fit to let De Bock go and let Junior Firpo stay, it’s an area they’re going to have to look at in the summer.”
Leeds’ forgotten man is finally set for a more permanent exit this summer, having not played for the club since 10 March 2018.