£3m is too much – Belgian expert delivers detailed verdict on 'impulsive' De Bock as Leeds reportedly close on deal
Peter Vandenbempt has said that reported Leeds signing Laurens De Bock is a “strong character” but prone to “impulsive” behaviour.
He also said that while he didn’t know what the fee would be, if it was more than £3m, Leeds would have paid too much.
The left-sided player is reported to have signed for Leeds although there has been no official confirmation.
However, the player has been pictured holding a Leeds shirt and all the noises coming from people who know the club well say an announcement is imminent.
The picture of De Bock and the Leeds kit was posted on Tomas Taecke’s Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon. Taecke is a football journalist who follows Club Brugge, De Bock’s club.
— Tomas Taecke (@FooTTomaz) January 10, 2018
Talking to the BBC, the Belgian VRT commentator said, “First say that it’s a big surprise that he’s going to play for Leeds United as he hasn’t had the best of seasons, but apart from that he’s a very versatile left-back/left-wing player who can play as part of a back four or on the wing with a back three.
“Technically he’s not the best but he’s a strong character, he’s physically strong, and is rather hard in the duels, he has a fierce tackle and can be impulsive at times.”
He went on to say that when he was younger he was earmarked for the national team but didn’t fulfil his potential.
Asked why he wasn’t playing for Club Brugge, Vandenbempt said, “He [Club Brugge manager] wants creative, really quick players on the outside and that’s not what sort of player Laurens De Bock is.”
Asked about the fee Vandenbempt said, “If you pay more than £3m it would be too much.”
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