Last week saw Laurens De Bock make yet another exit from Leeds United and the Belgian has now been discussing his plans for the upcoming season.
The left-back, who has spent previous loan spells at KV Oostende, Sunderland, and ADO Den Haag, will be playing his football with Zulte-Waregem next season on loan with a view to a permanent deal.
He is keen to find his best form once again, the form which nearly had him in the Belgium squad and helped him earn a move to Leeds United in the first place.
“I am extra motivated to become the best possible Laurens De Bock again,” De Bock told Belgian magazine Het Niuewsblad this week. “I really wanted to return to Belgium and when Essevee knocked on the door, I didn’t hesitate for a moment.”
“It was not an easy time,” De Bock said of his spells in England. “I was often abroad and that turned out not to be my thing. I ended up with clubs at Leeds and Sunderland where the situation was not always stable at the time. Anyway, it is an experience that no one takes away from me. Now is the time to fight back, and Essevee should be able to do that.”
There is no doubt that De Bock suffered with circumstances both at Leeds and Sunderland.
He arrived at Leeds under the management of Thomas Christiansen in a deal reportedly (YEP) worth around £1.5 million from Club Brugge. However, the Spaniard was fired just one month later. He struggled to break into Paul Heckingbottom’s first-team and Marcelo Bielsa immediately cut him from the picture upon his arrival at Elland Road.
At Sunderland, he arrived to solve a left-back problem under Jack Ross but soon found himself on the fringes when the Scot was replaced by Phil Parkinson.
Now he will be hoping to find some regular playing time and rediscover some of the form from the early part of his career.
As for Leeds, there is clearly no coming back for the player, with the Whites now a Premier League entity and Bielsa clearly not a fan.
So hopefully this can be the start of something new for the 27-year-old.