Paul Robinson reacts as De Bock leaves Leeds United on loan again
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Leeds United left-back Laurens De Bock faces a make or break season on loan at Zulte Wagerem, according to Paul Robinson.
De Bock, 28, joined the Belgian club on a season-long loan earlier this week, as confirmed on the Leeds official website.
However, the Belgian full-back’s contract at Elland Road expires at the end of the season so unless a new deal is agreed, his loan move to Zulte effectively ends his time as a Leeds United player.
However, ex-goalkeeper Robinson suggests that might not be the case and claimed that if De Bock shines on loan next season, he could win himself a new deal at Elland Road.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “This is a massive season for him, it’s a trial for him. He’s got one year left [on his contract].
“If he goes out and does well, Leeds do have a loan squad who come back for pre-season and train separately from the first-team before going on loan.
“They will watch them and they will keep an eye on them, they’ll get weekly reports on them and send staff out to watch them.
“But the fact De Bock’s got a year left on his contract is basically a year’s trial for him.
“If he does well and shows potential then there’s an opportunity Leeds may extend it.”
Most of us had forgotten that De Bock was still on the books at Leeds.
The ex-Club Brugge left-back, who joined the Whites in January 2018, is one of the worst signings Victor Orta has made in West Yorkshire.
De Bock cost the club £1.5million [Express] but he’s played just seven times in all competitions and is now set for a fourth consecutive season out on loan.
De Bock was at Zulte Wagerem last season and played 32 times for them in all competitions, scoring two goals in the process.
He clearly impressed them to win a second loan spell but will he be able to impress his parent club enough to get a new contract? We very much doubt it.
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