Leeds United have finalized the transfer of Laurens De Bock from Club Brugge.
The 25 year-old Belgian defender has made over 170 appearances for Club Brugge after moving to the club from KSC Lokeren in the summer of 2013. He appeared 11 times for the Belgian U21s, but has not made an appearance for the Belgium National Team.
De Bock has made 189 appearances at left back and a few at central defence. He has been used sparingly this season, not because of any particular issue the club has with his performance, per se, but with Club Brugge shifting to a formation that uses three centre-backs have left De Bock without a place to play on the pitch. He’s been used as a left midfielder this season, but that apparently hasn’t really worked out for him and so he’s off in search of first-team football.
While at Brugge, De Bock has won a league championship and also appeared in the Champions League and Europa League, giving him valuable experience that he can bring to a Leeds United club that is chasing promotion from the Championship.
De Bock joins Leeds United after a few days of speculation, and has come to fill a hole in the Leeds United lineup. Leeds have been without a traditional left back on the books since the departure of Charlie Taylor for Burnley last summer.
Leeds brought in Cameron Borthwick-Jackson from Manchester United on loan this past August, but the highly regarded young player has failed to make an impact at Leeds after only a few league appearances. He was subbed off after 60 minutes in the FA Cup loss to Newport County last Sunday, and very well might have played his last match in a Leeds shirt.
Other than Borthwick-Jackson, Leeds have used Vurnon Anita, a right footed converted midfielder, Gaetano Berardi, nominally a right back, and even Stuart Dallas, a right-footed left winger, at left back. Hopefully the newest addition can add some stability to the position.