After finding himself out of the first-team frame for the vast majority of last season and entirely this season, it’s widely been expected for some time that Tom Pearce will likely leave Leeds United this Summer window as Leeds look to move on the players on the outside of Bielsa’s plans.
The Yorkshire Evening Post reported last week that Pearce is likely to make the short-trip to Yorkshire rivals Barnsley.
Phil Hay in a Q&A for his new employers, The Athletic, today confirmed that whilst negotiations are still ongoing, Leeds are expected to receive ‘in excess’ of £500,000 for the left-back.
Pearce has had a mixed start to his footballing career, having won the favour of Paul Heckingbottom, Marcelo Bielsa deemed his surplus to requirements. Aside from Leeds, Pearce has impressively become a regular fixture for the England U20s squad.
Such performances towards the end of the 2017/18 season, earned him interest from Premier League clubs such as Everton, whom he signed from when he came to Leeds. Pearce was a good footballer, comfortable on the ball and often found himself in advanced positions during his stint in the first-team. For a young player, he brought a breath of fresh air to a team in much disrepair. Many expected him to play understudy to Barry Douglas in Marcelo Bielsa’s first season at Leeds but it turned out to be Gjanni Alioski who was brought in as a make-shift left-back when Barry Douglas’ debut season was haunted by injury.
Barnsley are newly promoted to the Championship and have already signed both Mallik Wilks and Aapo Halme from Leeds in this season’s trasnfer window as they look to face a tough fight against relegation in the coming months.
Pearce is the second left back set to depart Elland Road in the next few days, with Laurens De Bock on his way to Greece as covered here.