The Belgium international joined us from Brighton & Hove Albion in January 2023, having been a member of the Belgium squad at the World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
Leandro started his career in the youth academy at Genk in 2010, before quickly developing into the first-team squad. During his time with Genk, where he made 120 appearances, Leandro enjoyed successful loan spells with Lommel United, Westerlo and OH Leuven in the early development stages of his career, and ended his time at the club by captaining them to their first league title in eight years.
That prompted Brighton to snap him up for a reported £18 million in the summer of 2019, and he quickly made an impression as he scored on his debut against West Ham United. That would be the first of five goals that term to help Brighton avoid relegation, and the same number would follow the next campaign as he adapted well to life in England.
The goals kept coming over the next two seasons, including one at our expense back in April 2022 when he opened the scoring in Brighton’s 2-1 win at Emirates Stadium. His Premier League performances finally led him to making his first appearance for his national side in September 2020 in a UEFA Nations League game against Denmark.
He would win six caps before netting his first international goals against Belarus and earning himself a spot in Roberto Martinez’s Euro 2020 squad, where he made one appearance in a group stage win against Finland.