We’re back here again, a youngster brought into the first-team and now the Premier League clubs are being linked. Tom Pearce still hasn’t signed a new deal at Leeds, his current one running out in a matter of weeks and Alan Nixon is reporting that Everton are keen on brining him back to Everton.
The youngster was let go by Everton before joining Leeds United and you would hope that the fact Leeds gave him the chance, then promoted him into the first-team where he looks very much like saying. Adam Pope has responded to the news by telling fans that talks between the club and Pearce are imminent so that certainly looks promising but we have to get it done quickly. I’m not talking a two-year-deal either, four would be ideal and it protects us from getting left in that familiar position of having little choice but to sell our young players to the Premier League. I normally stick my neck on the line early when players play for Leeds and with Pearce I have already done so, he is first-team quality and the only option for me is him staying there. If we can acquire Kyle Bartley then he would be in the back four with three very good and experienced defenders, it’s the perfect scenario.
Some players do get special treatment because they come from the academy, Alex Mowatt is a great example of this. A player who had bags of quality but simply wasn’t working hard enough off the pitch. His fitness was a huge stumbling block and talent will only get you so far. By the time we sold him to Barnsley he wasn’t good enough for our first-team yet there was uproar. If that had been a player we had signed from another club a few years earlier it would have been seen as good business but we need to judge each player based purely on ability. Tom Pearce looks right at home and I like that Paul Heckingbottom is challenging him. He will make mistakes and we have to accept that but for me he is just as impressive as when Charlie Taylor broke into the first-team, can he progress like Taylor? Who knows, but for goodness sake don’t let him leave for Everton.