By Russell Edge

13th May, 2018 | 4:54pm

Report: Days numbered for forgotten Leeds defender as major doubts mount up

Leeds United defender Laurens de Bock is under serious threat ahead of the summer window as major doubts mount from the management over the ability of the left back, according to a report.

Belgian football news website Voetbal24 claim that the 25-year-old, who has fallen firmly out of favour at Elland Road with just seven appearances since joining in January, is facing an early exit over the summer transfer market, after reports from Bild that the club are seeking the capture of Union Berlin’s Kristian Pedersen.

It is said that faith has been lost in the former Club Brugge star from both the fans and Paul Heckingbottom, and that Pedersen’s arrival could signal a premature end to his career in Yorkshire.

Football Insider verdict

While Leeds might have had a solid transfer window over January, capturing the likes of Tyler Roberts and Adam Forshaw, de Bock’s arrival has failed to live up to expectation and it would be no surprise to see him shipped out after just six months. He was usurped in the starting XI by youngster Tom Pearce, and the arrival of another left back would surely call the curtains on the 25-year-old’s career at Elland Road. He will likely not be the only signing from the last 12 months to be leaving this summer, with Victor Orta’s recruitment failing to hit the expected heights, and the Spanish director of football will have to do a much better job this pre-season if the Whites want to hit their targets for next season. More Championship experience will be sought out, and these unproven talents who have failed to make the grade will likely find themselves elsewhere by August.

In other Leeds United transfer news, the club have been handed a big boost over the potential capture of a Premier League powerhouse.

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