Should Laurens De Bock already be concerned about Leeds future?

Paul Heckingbottom Leeds manager gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Leeds United's January signing Laurens De Bock was left out of the side that lost heavily on Wednesday night.

Paul Heckingbottom Leeds manager gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Ahead of Leeds' game against Wolves on Wednesday night, there could be no doubt that the news that Bailey Peacock-Farrell had been included in the starting lineup was the most eye-catching decision made by Paul Heckingbottom. However, he also made an intriguing call at left-back.

The Whites fans may have expected a change on the left-hand side of defence. Vurnon Anita endured a miserable afternoon in the defeat to Middlesbrough on Friday, and given that he is not a natural left-back, a change in that position seemed entirely possible.

Vurnon Anita of Leeds United arrives prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newport County and Leeds United at Rodney Parade on January 7, 2018 in Newport, Wales.

However, Anita kept his place and January signing Laurens De Bock missed out on the matchday squad entirely having been an unused substitute at the Riverside Stadium.

The Belgian - who signed for £1.5 million, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post - has not featured since coming in for plenty of criticism against Derby County last month, and this latest omission just provides the slightest hint that his Leeds career may be stalling before it has even really begun.

De Bock is the only senior natural left-back in the squad and yet he could not even back into the squad of 18 for a game against the league leaders after a fixture which had seen his replacement look out of his depth and hugely vulnerable.

Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez (L) vies against Club Brugge's Belgian defender Laurens De Bock during the UEFA Champions League group G football match between Leicester...

Anita's display against Wolves may convince Heckingbottom to make a change, but with Tyler Denton and Tom Pearce potentially waiting in the wings, there is no guarantee that De Bock will come back in if he is fully fit for the trip to Reading at the weekend. 

And if De Bock is missing once again and his absence cannot be put down to injury, he may be wondering whether he made the right move heading to Elland Road in January.

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