Laurens De Bock joined Sunderland on loan from Leeds United in the summer transfer window.

Sunderland manager Jack Ross has explained to The Northern Echo why he signed Laurens De Bock from Leeds United in the summer transfer window.

De Bock joined League One outfit Sunderland on loan from Championship club Leeds on transfer deadline day.

Ross has said that he wanted more competition at left-back, and has raved about the 26-year-old left-back.

The Sunderland boss believes that the Belgian has a good pedigree, and has stated that he completes his squad, as the Black Cats aim to win automatic promotion to the Championship from League One this season.

Ross told The Northern Echo about De Bock: “We needed someone in that position to give us another option.

“I still want to progress Denver, I don’t want to recruit players similar age to Denver, block his pathway.

“But Laurens has a good pedigree, played at a good level overseas and he is excited to try to kickstart his career.

The Sunderland boss added: “That last piece of the jigsaw was making sure we had competition at left-back and we feel as if we’ve got that now.”

Good signing for Sunderland?

De Bock may have failed to make a huge impact at Leeds since his move from Club Brugge in January 2018 for a transfer fee reported by The Yorkshire Evening Post to be worth £1.5 million, but the 26-year-old is a very good left-back who will enhance Sunderland’s chances of finishing in the top two of the League One table this season.

This is a big season for the Black Cats after their playoff final disappointment in 2018-19, and the Stadium of Light faithful will expect the team to go up.

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