By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

17th Jun, 2022 | 10:04am

Leeds United: Sky Sports pundit shares Victor Orta verdict with Laurens De Bock set to exit

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Paul Robinson admits Victor Orta’s recruitment policy at Leeds United hasn’t been perfect over the years after it was confirmed that Laurens De Bock is leaving on a free transfer.

De Bock, 29, joined Leeds from Club Brugge in January 2019 for £1.5million and went on to play just seven times in all competitions for the Yorkshire club before it was confirmed he’s set to be released this month.

Leeds announced their retained list on 10 June, confirming that De Bock, Josh Galloway, Alfie Hughes and Bobby Kamwa will leave Elland Road when their contracts expire on 30 June.

De Bock ended up costing Leeds £214,000 for every appearance he made for them, easily making him one of Orta’s biggest flops at Elland Road.

However, Robinson is willing to let the director of football off for this one, admitting that it doesn’t matter too much due to how little was paid for the Belgian left-back.

“You’re always going to get the odd one,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

“You take your chances on younger talent and you take your chances on a certain number of players that are coming from different leagues and some of them don’t work.

De Bock was one of those situations.

It wasn’t an expensive fail. If you’re paying big money for players and it’s not working then you have a problem.

But when you take a chance on players who won’t break the bank, one or two don’t work.”

De Bock has been on loan at four clubs in his time on the books at Elland Road.

Oostende, Sunderland, ADO Den Haag and Zulte Wagerem have all had him on loan with the Belgian enjoyed some sort of success with Zulte in the most recent 2021/22 season.

Belgian newspaper HLN reported on 15 May that Zulte will be signing De Bock permanently.

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