Leeds United's loanees are on the move

12 Jan 2020 06:00 pm, by YorkshireSquare

Leeds United have had very little in terms of incomings so far this transfer window but there have been plenty of departures. Loanees Jack Clarke and Eddie Nketiah have returned to their parent clubs Spurs and Arsenal and now Leeds very own players who were out on loan are on the move.

Laurens De Bock, who had been at League One side Sunderland has cut his season-long loan short. De Bock joined Leeds in January 2018 but after only 7 games lost his place to Tom Pearce. Leeds strengthened the position again in the summer of 2018 with the signing of Barry Douglas. De Bock was now down the pecking order and joined Oostende on loan for the season. Last summer with De Bock was still not in Bielsa’s plans, now behind Douglas, Alioski, Dallas and Leif Davis a move to Aris Thessaloniki looked to be on the cards. The move to Greece broke down and De Bock’s future had looked uncertain until the interest from Sunderland. De Bock had been seen as good solution to provide cover at wing back for the Black Cats but with his opportunities restricted to just 6 appearances he now looks to rebuild his career again. A loan to Dutch club ADO Den Haag seem to be the most likely move.

Defender Conor Shaughnessy spent the first half of the season on loan at League Two Mansfield Town where he notched up 19 appearances but is now on the verge of securing a move to Burton Albion. Shaughnessy signed for Leeds United after a successful trial in September 2016. His first team debut came just under a year later during a victory away at Bolton Wanderers in August 2017. A serious ankle injury limited his opportunities for the rest of the 2017-2018 season. Despite starting against Preston in August 2018 Shaughnessy was not in Marcelo Bielsa’s plans and he went on loan to Hearts in January 2019 where he picked up a Scottish Cup runners-up medal. The Mansfield loan has allowed Shaughnessy to showcase his abilities and he will now move up to League One with Burton for the second half of the 2019/20 season.

Lewie Coyle has always been a bit of a perpetual loanee, having made only 23 appearances for Leeds United but over 120 appearances for Fleetwood Town in loan spells over three seasons. Coyle had always seemed like more of a Fleetwood player than a Leeds player and now makes his move a permanent one, signing a three and a half year deal at Fleetwood. Coyle started his career at Leeds and made his debut in January 2016 against Rotherham in the third round of the FA Cup. Coyle made his first start in the League of the 2016-17 season in a victory over Derby County that sent Leeds third in the Championship. In July 2017 Coyle agreed a new three-year deal with Leeds but on the same day, went out on loan to Fleetwood Town for the first time.

Pawel Cibicki is another perpetual loanee, singed by Leeds in August 2017 and made his debut just over two weeks later on 19 September in the League Cup third round tie against Burnley. Cibicki impressed in his early league appearances with an assist for Kemar Roofe against QPR and another for Pontus Jansson converted against Norwich. After only 7 appearances he found himself out of favour and was on the move in the summer of 2018. Loan spells at Molde FK (Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer), Elfsborg, ADO Den Haag followed. Cibicki has now secured a permanent move, joining Polish side Pogoń Szczecin on a three and a half year deal.

This month’s moves mean Leeds United have just two players out on loan; Jay-Roy Grot at Vitesse Arnhem and Rafa Mujica at UD Extremadura. There are of course still questions over the futures of Ouasim Bouy and Eunan O'Kane.