Perhaps it was all the whingeing on social media about Jack Ross and the shortcomings of Sunderland’s transfer dealings. Perhaps it was a return, despite all we had to spend to put things right, of the occasional redirection from our pages to a rogue Turkish escort site (if anyone knows of a legal way of counter-attacking such cyber louts, please tell us).
One way or the other, we neglected to offer our customary greetings to the final signing of the transfer window: the Belgian left back Laurens De Bock on a season-long loan from Leeds United.
At safc.com, De Bock said: “I am very happy to be here because I have heard a lot of good things about the club. I’ve spoken to other Belgians who have played here, and they’ve all spoken very highly about the place.
“I know the team wants to go up this season and hopefully my experience will help us achieve that. The manager has been really positive in the conversations I’ve had with him and that’s given me a great feeling because I know they believe in me.”
And Ross added: “Getting some competition into our left side has been a priority for a while now. We have had to work hard to get Laurens in because he’s a player that’s got a really good pedigree in terms of Champions League and Europa League experience.”
De Bock is our seventh addition of the summer. He has been at Leeds since in January 2018 but played only seven times despite a wealth of experience, with more than 100 appearances including some in the Champions League and Europa League, in five years at Club Brugge.
Welcome, Laurens, from Salut! Sunderland and good luck for your stay with us.
And while we’re on, All the Best to the two Jacks – Baldwin and Diamond on their loan spells at Salford and Harrogate Town respectively. After a promising start Baldwin has dropped down the pecking order at Sunderland and it is better that he is at a club where he will get regular game time. For Diamond he will hopefully be gaining experience of competitive football more regularly than he would in the Under 23s.
Unless there are any free agents out there that the club is looking at that looks like it until January. Now let’s get back to the more important business of picking up points.