Noel Whelan has trolled Leeds United defender Laurens De Bock for dropping down a division to join Sunderland on deadline day.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker and lifelong fan claimed the left-back, 26, will be disappointed to have joined a club in League One.
Sunderland announced yesterday they have signed De Bock on a season-long loan from the Championship high flyers after being frozen out by Marcelo Bielsa.
Whelan believes it is a good deal for all parties.
“Leeds have worked hard to get him off the books for a season,” the pundit told Football Insider. “At Sunderland, he will be able to play regular football and they will pay his wages, which is brilliant for Leeds.
“The fact he has gone to Sunderland shows where he is right now as a player. He is not getting into the Leeds team ahead of Barry Douglas or Ezgjan Alioski.
“You have to go out a play football regularly, especially at his age. No disrespect, but I’m sure he wanted to join a bigger club than Sunderland.”
De Bock joined Leeds from Club Brugges in January of last year for a fee of around £1.5million and signed a four-and-a-half year contract.
He spent last season on loan at Belgian top-flight club K.V. Oostende and has not been in the Leeds squad this season as he was given permission to find a new club.