Leeds completed their third signing of January on Thursday morning.
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.
got to go straight in.— Alistair Walker (@8ballali) January 10, 2018
I looked at Brugges line-ups in this seasons games. De Bok only came in when they played 3-5-2. Suggests he's a wing-back. Given us playing 4-4-2 in Cup, could that have been a test of Lasogga b4 trying him with Roofe in a 3-5-2?
Need de bock signed before Ipswich IMO, can't be doing watching another game with Anita at full back— LUFCDANNY (@THELUFCLAD) January 10, 2018
A blow losing Luke Ayling for the season. Didn’t expect that. Start GB in his best position now and de Bock at LB. Still need a quality striker. Yes we will have to pay top dollar but that’s tough as should have spent Wood money on proven striker back in August. #mot— Marc F (@billywigwam13) January 10, 2018
No point recalling Coyle back unless he's going to start 75% plus of the remaining games. He's playing & improving every game at Fleetwood. Berra to RB and De Bock LB. Anita can play both RB and LB, Dallas and CBJ can cover LB. #lufc https://t.co/PnCvykvDn7— Macca (@reltonml01) January 10, 2018
Apparently needs a medical and still ironing out the kinks of the contract. Expect it to be between tomorrow afternoon and the weekend.— JwL (@Juliejwl777) January 9, 2018
Hopefully in time to start against Ipswich if Ayling is out, De Bock LB Jannson Cooper CB Berardi RB
Id expect him to be playing this sat— John (@Heres_Johny_) January 11, 2018