'He won't wear the Leeds jersey ever again' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts to 28-yr-old update
Lauren De Bock won’t play for Leeds United again even though he has more than 18 months left on his contract.
That is according to ex-United striker Noel Whelan, speaking to Football Insider about a player he believes is nowhere near Premier League level.
De Bock is on a season-long loan at Belgian top-flight club Zulte Waregem and they have an option to convert it into a permanent deal next year.
Football Insider revealed earlier this month that all parties expect that to happen, but, regardless, Whelan does not expect to see De Bock play for Leeds again.
“He won’t wear the Leeds jersey ever again, no chance,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He’s not good enough, simple as that.
“If he was, he wouldn’t have spent the last three seasons out on loan since Marcelo Bielsa took over as manager.
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“Bielsa had a good look at him in training and decided quite quickly he wasn’t up to it.
“Leeds have moved on from players like De Bock. He was a Championship-club signing. Look at the standard of the team now. He’s nowhere near that level.”
De Bock has not played a single match for Leeds since the Argentine took over as manager in the summer of 2018.
He has spent the last three seasons out on loan, at Oostende in 2018-19, Sunderland and ADO Den Haag last season and then Zulte Waregem in the current campaign.
The former Belgium Under-21 international has been a regular for his current employers, starting 11 of their 13 league matches this season.