We’ve got ourselves into a bizarre situation with Tom Pearce and it needs to be sorted one way or another. This week will hopefully shed some more light on the situation but things have been said by reliable sources that things seem to be positive in the Leeds and Pearce camp.
Phil Hay has been told that Pearce is happy with what’s now being offered and Alan Nixon has also said talks are more positive. Leeds were apparently considering releasing Pearce during the season but his form meant Paul Heckingbottom pulled him into sudden first-team action and it snowballed from there for the young left-back. Injury to Laurens De Bock, poor form of Vurnon Anita and suspension of Gaetano Berardi meant that Heckingbottom had a decision to make. It would have been easy to chuck Anita in there and leave him, or even play Dallas at left-back again but he put his faith in the youngster and it paid off. The problem is he also caught the eye of Premier League teams Everton and Bournemouth and as Leeds tried to tie him down his head has clearly been turned.
Everton shouldn’t have a sniff in all honesty, Pearce was released by the club a few years back and that should be enough for him to show some loyalty to Leeds who have given him his second chance. The real issue seems to be Bournemouth and what they could potentially offer Pearce. They would have to pay a tribunal fee but that would be minimal given Pearce has only played a handful of games for the first-team. Pearce won’t play there, not to begin with anyway and we’re back in that situation where he would go and potentially not play for years, his career goes backwards and he ends up more like Sam Byram than Lewis Cook. Another few years at Leeds would benefit him and I believe he will be the first choice left-back if he stays, he has bags of talent.