Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson has told the Shields Gazette that Laurens De Bock has returned to Leeds United this month – halfway through his proposed loan deal – because he is feeling home sick.
The 27-year-old, who cost Leeds £1.5million in January 2018 (YEP), has since played just seven times for Leeds in two years. Indeed, he has gone on loan to KV Oostende, and then he joined Sunderland in the summer for the 2019-20 campaign.
The Belgian made 10 appearances for Phil Parkinson’s side, but he has now chosen to return to Elland Road in a bid to engineer a move back to his home country – where he played 177 times for Club Brugge and almost 100 times for KSC Lokeren.
Sunderland boss Parkinson, who inherited De Bock and the rest of the Sunderland squad after taking over from Jack Ross, explained that De Bock has returned to Yorkshire – as the defender is desperate to secure a move back to Belgium.
“Laurens has gone back, he wanted to go back to Belgium,” Parkinson said. “Leeds had the option to call him back. It was more a personal thing, he wanted to go back home. That is more wages we can utilise in the window.”
TBR’s view – Leeds need to sell, even if they have to let him go for nothing
Unfortunately for De Bock, the left-back is simply not cut out for English football. Just 17 matches since moving to England is proof of that and he needs to return to his home country sooner rather than later, as his career sits in standstill.
There were hardly any takers in the summer but Leeds may have been hoping for a fee for de Bock’s services. His lack of form, though, may see Leeds forced to take a hit on De Bock and let him go for nothing. At least, his wages can still be wiped off.