Tom Pearce has landed in France for the Toulon Tournament with England and there is still nothing confirmed on his new deal at Leeds United, or move to the Premier League. As Pearce looks to impress for his country abroad, which way does this look like falling?
Tom Pearce broke into the Leeds United squad as the season came to it’s woeful conclusion but he was a bright spark in what was becoming a torrid 2018 for the club, the fans and the players. Paul Heckingbottom made it very clear the players were struggling to impress him and Pearce was given his chance after impressing in the under 23 development squad.
Carlos Corberan had began to play Pearce in a more advanced role, the youngster had taken to it and perhaps that meant he caught the eye even quicker than he would have. In fact, the club were actually planning on releasing the player during the season but that soon changed when Heckingbottom called him in as Leeds hosted Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road. Not the full ninety minutes but he did make an impression, although he didn’t start the next game.
Pearce came back into the side and performances against Aston Villa and Barnsley showed that he was improving by the game. Was he the answer to Leeds’ left-back woes? Perhaps, the situation had been bizarre since the season had began and after Charlie Taylor had departed for Burnley and the riches of the Premier League.
The answer seemed to lie across the Pennines, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson of Manchester United. The youngster wasn’t alone in being frozen out by Thomas Christiansen so others tried, Vurnon Anita, a player best left undiscussed and Gaetano Berardi, currently serving a five-game-ban, but in total twelve games throughout the season.
In fact Stuart Dallas, a right-footed winger was forced to play there as January signing Laurens De Bock struggled to convince before picking up a season-ending injury. Pearce had, and took his chance but that made things complicated for the club.
With Pearce out of contract and only Paul Heckingbottom seemingly thinking he was first-team material the club had to do a U-turn and get to work on a new deal. As Pearce headed to Myanmar with the squad talk began of Everton and Bournemouth being interested but nothing was ever concrete and the longer it has gone on the more people worried that clubs could be sniffing around Pearce, and successfully at that.
However it seems like Leeds have managed to convince the player to sign a new deal as tweeted by Phil Hay. Although nothing is confirmed yet Hay has stated (as below) that Pearce is happy with what’s been offered and on return the deal will be done.
Leeds released their retained list last week and as expected Pearce was down as receiving a contract offer, he has one month to decide. If Leeds can tie up Bartley then a defence of Ayling, Jansson, Bartley and Pearce is appealing, it gives the youngster a real chance to be part of a solid and experienced back-line, something he could only have dreamed of towards the end of the season.
as I said on Friday, he's happy with what's been offered. Should get done when he gets back from Toulon
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 22, 2018