Date: 27th August 2019 at 11:07am
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EXCLUSIVE

Noel Whelan has ripped into Laurens De Bock and slammed him as a “shocking” signing who is nowhere near good enough for Leeds United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United forward ripped into the left-back, 26, as he closes in on a late-window exit from Elland Road.

De Bock’s hopes of finalising his on-off transfer to Aris Thessaloniki collapsed at the weekend but he is still expected to leave on loan, or a loan-to-buy deal, before the main European windows shut next Monday.

“Get him off the wage bill,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He was a shocking signing in the first place, just terrible. He did nothing and didn’t look interested.

“He couldn’t do the box-to-box role that Marcelo Bielsa demands of his full-backs, so it’s no surprise to me he is being sold. 

“Both Leeds’ full-backs scored at the weekend, which shows how important the position is, and the ability to fly up and down the wing and contribute to attacks is vital. De Bock is not that kind of left-back.”

De Bock spent last season on loan at Belgian top-flight club K.V. Oostende after struggling to make an impact at Leeds following his arrival from Club Brugge for a fee of around £1.5million in January of last year.

Barry Douglas has emerged as the first-choice left-back this season at United but an injury opened the door for converted winger Ezgjan Alioski to replace him and produce a goalscoring performance in last weekend’s 3-0 win at Stoke City.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that the club are to hold imminent talks with 23-year-old over a deal worth more than £10million.