Leeds United defender Laurens De Bock has signed for Sunderland on a season-long loan, the club has confirmed on their official website.
Jack Ross has been scouring the market for a left-back throughout the summer and he has finally solved his conundrum.
Leeds signed the Belgian for £1.5 million (Yorkshire Evening Post) back in 2018. The 26-year-old has never got going at Elland Road, featuring just seven times for the Whites.
De Bock has zero chance of first-team football under Marcelo Bielsa and Sunderland have now bolstered their own defensive ranks.
The determined left-back will hope to get back to his best and his ultimate aim will be to prove to people that he is capable of playing in England.
De Bock has dropped behind Barry Douglas and Leif Davis in the Leeds pecking order and doing well with Sunderland could land him a permanent move.
Despite having a contract in West Yorkshire until 2021, his Elland Road days look numbered.
TBR Verdict – De Bock must prove his worth at Sunderland
The Belgian left-back can clearly play football. You don’t play nearly 200 games for a club like Club Brugge if you can’t play a bit.
The problem for De Bock has been earning the chances to prove his worth.
Sunderland have been crying out for a left-back so he should, in theory, play an awful lot of football at the Stadium of Light.
If Jack Ross can get him fit and playing to his best then he could have landed a really shrewd signing.
The beauty of the deal from Sunderland’s perspective is that Leeds would almost certainly be willing to sell him next summer, should the Black Cats want to make the deal more permanent.