Championship

TT Introduces: Tom Pearce

Leeds United supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the 2018/19 Championship campaign following the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa as the club’s new manager.

The former Argentina and Chile boss takes over from the sacked Paul Heckingbottom at Elland Road following his departure earlier this month, having won just four of his 16 matches in charge of the Yorkshire giants. Nonetheless, there is now much optimism among our resident Whites supporters following the appointment of the highly-rated Bielsa, with several hopeful that he will be the man to lead them back to the Premier League.

As such, there are many optimistic and expectant Leeds fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are also hugely excited about the state of the club’s academy and young players, and as such are speculating upon what wonderkids could be set to make their way up through the ranks in years to come.

And with the likes of Danny Rose having graduated from the Championship club in recent years, there is one sensation in particular that looks set to follow in the footsteps of the England international, namely fellow left back Tom Pearce.

Ultimately, 27-year-old Rose spent a few years at Leeds between 2005 and 2007, before the club sought to sell him to Tottenham following their relegation to League One in the 2006/07 season, and indeed their impending financial woes.

And the left back has since gone on to become one of the best full backs in the Premier League during his time in North London, playing 161 games for Spurs in which time he has scored ten goals and laid on 22 assists.

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In fact, Rose has even made his way up the England ranks to become one of the country’s leading left backs, earning a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad this summer to further underline his rise since graduating from the Leeds academy little over a decade ago.

And given Pearce’s early performances in a Leeds shirt, the 20-year-old could be set to follow in the footsteps of the Spurs defender.

The Englishman originally began his youth career at Everton but made the move to Yorkshire back in 2014 at the age of 16, from which he has since propelled through the ranks to have already played five times for the senior team.

Those five appearances came at the rear end of last season, and all of them were particularly impressive with Pearce underlining his capabilities and indeed his potential with excellent displays for the Whites, including netting in their 2-1 win over Barnsley back in April.

And with four starts to finish the campaign, it looks like the 20-year-old could be set for a role in the first team at Elland Road this season, and with a new contract to boot earlier this summer, the future looks extremely bright for the left back.

As such, the foundations are there for the 20-year-old sensation to follow in the footsteps of Leeds graduate Rose in becoming the country’s next best left back.

Leeds fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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