Leeds player on the verge of departing Elland Road

Bielsa

Leeds United are building some momentum at just the right time.

Heading into West Brom's clash with Fulham, the Whites are four points clear at the top of the table, surely within touching distance of the Premier League.

Marcelo Bielsa's men have now won three games on the bounce and even if they only laboured to a 1-0 win last weekend, still look well set.

Of course, everything can still change.

Bielsa and his players will know that too well after their shambolic end to the 2018/19 season.

Captured in all its glory for Amazon, the Whites crumbled and ultimately lost in the play-offs.

Supporters won't like to be reminded of that but it's crucial they don't get ahead of themselves as the conclusion of the season finally approaches.

Elland Road

However, one player who is extremely unlikely to stick around if and when they achieve promotion is someone out on last this term.

He's now returned from a temporary spell with Sunderland and ADO Den Haag but Laurens De Bock looks set for a permanent switch away from Leeds.

That's according to Dutch publication Het Nieuwsblad (via Sport Witness) who claim he has met with Zulte Waregem to discuss a possible move.

Negotiations to sign the 27-year-old are difficult but there has been progress and all parties are now working together to find a solution to his future.

The report claims De Bock simply has no place in Yorkshire.

De Bock

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

De Bock is a perplexing figure, someone who arrived at Elland Road with a large ounce of potential.

Playing European football for Club Brugge, his career has never taken off in Yorkshire – so much so, that he’s never played for Bielsa and is unlikely to in the future.

The left-back played just seven times in the Championship and failed to set the world alight. His pass success rate of 75% was never going to please the manager, while he failed to offer much going forward.

De Bock

For a full-back under the current regime, you have to offer more going forward – De Bock was never going to fit into Bielsa’s plans.

Thus, it’s hardly a surprise to see he’s on the verge of an exit, a departure that’s largely overdue.

The fact he struggled to get into Sunderland’s team during the first half of the season really says it all. He wasn’t up to scratch in League One football, let alone the English top-flight that potentially awaits the Whites.

They must take the money and run in this situation.

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