Leeds United are set to throw new signing Laurens De Bock straight into the starting XI as manager Thomas Christiansen switches his side around for the club’s clash against Ipswich Town, according to a journalist.
Tom Marshall-Bailey, who is editor for Leeds Live and some Trinity Mirror publications, has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Belgian left back is set for a baptism of fire on Saturday, with an announcement of his capture from Club Brugge seemingly imminent after he was pictured with the club shirt.
#LUFC wanted to get the De Bock deal done as soon as possible after learning extent of Ayling injury. Club believe he is ready to make an instant impact here. Means Berardi can shift across to RB and De Bock will likely start at Ipswich on Saturday. Unlikely to be eased in.
— Tom Marshall-Bailey (@TomMarshall_B) January 10, 2018
It is stated that the 25-year-old will deputise at Portman Road, with current left back Gaetano Berardi, who scored his first goal for the club in the shock defeat at Newport County last weekend, set to switch over to his natural right position, which will no doubt leave fans excited to see their new man in action.
Meanwhile Berardi appears set to take the place of defensive stalwart Luke Ayling, who had been an ever present in the league prior to suffering injury against Nottingham Forest on New Year’s Day, a blow which the club have confirmed will keep him out for the rest of the season.
The 29-year-old Swiss international, has made 20 appearances for the club this season, 18 of which have come in the Championship, but despite being a natural right back has been used exclusively on the left in absence of any other experienced figures to fill the role.
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