It would be a big blow to lose a player who has only just broke into the first-team but that’s the situation we are staring in the face unless the club sort out the Tom Pearce future in the next couple of days. We now know the club are in discussions with the player over a new deal but there are also reports he’s heading to Everton…back to Everton.
The fact Everton let Pearce go should stand in our favour, surely he owes some loyalty to the club who gave him his chance? Well football isn’t always like that these days, we’ve seen Sam Byram push a move and Charlie Taylor refuse to play for the club he “supported” as a boy. Tom Pearce seems like a good kid, he seems grounded and in interviews he seems to have appreciated what the fans bring and what the club and Heckingbottom are currently doing for him. If the money is an issue the club need to show some ambition, he won’t want a ridiculous fee and there are players at this club stealing a wage currently and Pearce doesn’t fall into that bracket. We should be classing him as a first-team player and you would believe it if the club were still trying to pay him pittance despite his arrival into the side.
Saying all this is just me speculating, maybe he will sign and there was never any doubt but time and experience has forced me to be a pessimist in this sort of situation, we have been here so many times and nearly every time we end up on the wrong side of a bad deal. Pearce has shown he can play in the first-team and with better players around him he could really kick on. Maybe the temptation of Everton will be too much for him to resist and when the club are apparently flying in a Serie B striker to show our “ambition” I actually wouldn’t blame him for leaving. Hopefully he will sign and the striker in question doesn’t but again, previous experience makes you fear the worst in both scenarios.