Leeds fans urge Christiansen to start De Bock against Ipswich

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...

Leeds completed their third signing of January on Thursday morning.

Shinji Okazaki of Leicester City and Laurens De Bock of Club Brugge battle for possession during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Leicester City FC and Club Brugge KV at The...

Leeds United have confirmed their third signing of the January transfer window by luring Laurens De Bock to Elland Road from Belgian giants Club Brugge - and fans want him to start against Ipswich Town on Saturday.

The 25-year-old has put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half-year deal at Elland Road, with the Yorkshire Evening post claiming the left-back has cost the club a fee of around £1.5million.

He joins teenage defender Aapo Halme and Japan international Yosuke Ideguchi in signing for Leeds this month, with the latter going on loan to Spanish outfit Cultural Leonesa.

That does not appear to be the plan for De Bock, who is viewed as much more of a first-team signing that the other recruits. It could now see the 11-time Belgium Under-21 international start for Leeds on Saturday.

The Whites go up against Ipswich Town at Portman Road without mainstay Luke Ayling who has undergone surgery to fix an ankle problem that he suffered against Nottingham Forest. His injury could see Gaetano Berardi move to right-back, and De Bock slot in at left-back.

Fans believe this is the best way for Leeds to cope with Ayling's injury, by throwing De Bock in at the deep and just 48 hours after signing on with the club.


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