As we reported earlier, it seemed a deal that would take Tom Pearce to Barnsley was all but sealed. However, reports emerging from Graham Smyth of the Yorkshire Evening Post this evening indicate that this deal has been ruptured.
Phil Hay has said that Barnsley’s chances are not entirely dead but an offer from Wigan believed to be initially involving a fee aroung £250k has been received putting them in a strong position to sign the left-back.
Though no other clubs are named, it’s believed there is interest from numerous Championship entities for the 21 year old.
This makes a deal tomorrow extremely likely and it is more than likely going to be down to the player himself to decide where he wants to play his football this season.
As a young left-back with international experience Pearce would be a good option for Championshhip sides whose career definitely holds a lot of promise. Having impressed for Leeds in the back end of the 17/18 season, showing both ability on the ball and strong defensive maturity, many Leeds fans questioned Bielsa’s decision to keep Pearce out of his plans for the forthcoming season.
Though, with the Argentine sticking with his principle of operating with a smaller squad, it’s easy to see why opportunities may have been limited for Pearce this season with Alioski and Douglas ahead of him in the pecking order on the left side of defence.