Laurens De Bock encouraging start to pre-season suggests Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa could be great for him

Marseille's Argentinian head coach Marcelo Bielsa looks on during the French L1 football match between Girondins de Bordeaux (FCGB) and Marseille (OM) on April 12, 2015 at the Chaban-...

Laurens De Bock struggled at Leeds United after making the move to Elland Road in January.

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...

Laurens De Bock’s encouraging start to pre-season suggests that Leeds United boss Marcel Bielsa may just be able to get him to perform at a higher level than Paul Heckingbottom managed.

De Bock was brought to Leeds in January in a deal worth £1.5 million (Yorkshire Evening Post), but he struggled to make an impact at Elland Road.

 

The defender looked off the pace, and was replaced in Leeds’ starting line-up by Tom Pearce by the time the season had finished.

However, De Bock’s performances over pre-season so far have been one of the more encouraging out of all of Leeds’ players.

Laurens De Bock of Leeds United runs with the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Granted, the Whites are yet to take on any higher level opponents - but De Bock looked comfortable against both Southend United and York City.

With Leeds seemingly not targeting centre-backs, it could be that De Bock is used in a more central role this term.

And it may just be that Bielsa is the man who gets the very best out of the Belgian at Elland Road.

Lille's Argentinian head coach Marcelo Bielsa looks on  during the French L1 football match between Lille (LOSC) and Saint-Etienne (ASSE) at the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium in Villeneuve d'Ascq,...

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