Leeds United love to leave it late this season, having won a number of points in the dying moments of matches over the course of the campaign. However, their late victory over Millwall will have been marred by some devastating news to have come out of the game.
Despite carrying on until the final whistle, Barry Douglas picked up a season-ending knee medial injury, which has left Marcelo Bielsa’s side a little short of options at the back. And, it appears that Leeds cannot bring one of their players back to Elland Road to provide cover.
What’s the News?
Phil Hay has revealed on Twitter that Leeds will not be able to recall Tom Pearce from his loan spell at Scunthorpe United.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) April 2, 2019
The Yorkshire Evening Post journalist was asked the question on Twitter and provided a simple ‘no’.
With Douglas’ season-ending injury coming as a blow, it would have been nice for Bielsa and Leeds to have been able to have the option of using Pearce if it were available. However, the fact that he has to remain with Scunthorpe may not entirely be a bad thing.
The Whites have Ezgjan Alioski available, who has already played a significant number of matches for the club in the position over the campaign and appears to have excelled at times, despite it being far from the Macedonia international’s most comfortable place to play.
Gaetano Berardi’s availability is also something that can boost the position as the Swiss defender also has the ability to play out on the left when required, meaning Bielsa has options to choose from.
Pearce has struggled to get to grips with the Argentine’s style of play and failed to make an impact, despite having thrived in Paul Heckingbottom’s side last season and the spell at the League One outfit could help him to further develop his game and make sure he is ready to impress his boss when he does finally make a return to Elland Road in the summer.
Leeds fans, do you think having Alioski and Berardi is enough suitable cover for Douglas’ absence? Or would you rather have Pearce filling in? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.