The on-loan Leeds United defender might be disappointed by news coming out of Sunderland.
A certain Leeds United loanee received some pretty bad news today.
Laurens De Bock, on loan from Leeds at Sunderland, could be forgiven for being more disappointed by the sacking of manager Jack Ross than many of his team-mates.
That’s because the Belgian left-back has only just crow-barred his way into Ross’s senior plans at the Stadium of Light – and now he has to do it all over again under a new head coach shortly.
The 26-year-old only made his League One debut a couple of weeks ago, starting the 2-1 win over MK Dons, before keeping his place for the 2-0 defeat by Lincoln City on Saturday.
Ross, speaking after the win over the Dons, admitted that it had been difficult for De Bock, who joined the Black Cats on the back of virtually no pre-season at Thorp Arch under Marcelo Bielsa.
And now it could get a lot more difficult, especially after struggling in the defeat by Lincoln.
You could argue that most Sunderland players are in the same boat, needing to impress the new manager to guarantee their place in the senior side.
But it’s slightly different for the Leeds defender, who has had a torrid time with injury over the past 18 months.
Only now was it starting to look up for De Bock – a £1.5 million signing by Victor Orta in January of 2018 [The Yorkshire Evening Post] – and now he must prove himself all over again and hope that he can stay fit while doing so.