According to Sky Sports News (tweet – below), Leeds United defender Tom Pearce is heading out of the club on a loan deal to Scunthorpe.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 31, 2019
Pearce is another of those youngsters coming out of the Leeds United Academy set-up. It’s almost a conveyor belt of talent at Elland Road, with players such as Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton playing regularly in the first-team.
Ormskirk-born Pearce actually started out his football career in Everton’s youth set-up before a 2014 move to Thorp Arch and Leeds United.
Pearce has impressed in the Under-23s and the 20-year-old got his chance last season at the Whites, making the breakthrough to the first XI with a début in a 2-1 loss at Elland Road against Sheffield Wednesday.
Two games later, Pearce scored in a 2-1 Elland Road victory over Barnsley. This season, with the arrival of Barry Douglas and the utilisation of the likes of Stuart Dallas and Gjanni Alioski at left-back, Pearce’s game time has been limited.
The youngster has featured just twice for the Whites this term, gaining just 72 minutes on the pitch. He’s featured in two games in the Carabao Cup, with a 33-minute appearance in the FA Cup loss against QPR at the start of this month.
Scunthorpe are languishing in a mid-table 14th place in the League One table. They will be looking at Pearce to bring that exciting potential that he’s already shown at Elland Road.
For Leeds United, they get a chance to give an up and coming player much-needed game time. It will be interesting for them to see just how Pearce takes to League One football.