Having burst onto the scene for Leeds United during the 2017/18 campaign, Tom Pearce seemingly had all the ingredients needed to become a future hero at Elland Road.
However, despite making a handful of appearances for the Whites under former boss Paul Heckingbottom, the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa last summer saw the full-back’s opportunities to impress dwindle as the Argentine brought in Barry Douglas from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
After featuring in just five of Leeds’ opening 32 fixtures of the season, Pearce was loaned out to Scunthorpe United in order to give him the chance to play regular first-team football.
Although the full-back was powerless to stop the Irons from suffering relegation to League Two, his individual performances were very promising as he was one of the only players to do themselves justice for Graham Alexander’s side.
Given Pearce’s potential to develop into a fantastic defender over the coming years, Bielsa simply must re-consider his current stance towards the 21-year-old.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Argentine is reportedly open to the possibility of letting Pearce leave the Whites this summer as he looks to overhaul his squad heading into next season.
Despite the fact that the England under-21 international has yet to make a permanent mark for Leeds since graduating from their youth academy last year, letting him leave could end up being a very costly mistake for the club.
With Douglas struggling massively with injuries over the past 10 months, it may be worth Bielsa giving Pearce another chance to impress during the 2019/20 campaign as in his absence, the Whites struggled in defence at times.
What do you think Leeds fans? Should Bielsa sell Pearce when the transfer window opens in July? Or does the defender deserve another shot? Get in touch below.
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