According to reports from Football Insider, Barnsley are preparing an offer for 21-year-old Leeds left-back Tom Pearce.
The fanbase have been critical of the club for letting the likes of Paudie O’Connor and Liam Kitching depart in this window, but due to how strong Leeds are in the left-back department it’s hard to imagine these same complaints arising if Pearce leaves.
Indeed, left-back is arguably the most catered for position the Marcelo Bielsa’s squad as he has three players who can competently play that role at this level.
Barry Douglas and Ezgjan Alioski rotated at full-back last season, while Stuart Dallas is also a more than capable defender as shown by his performance in the playoff semi-final second leg against Derby County where he was Man of the Match.
Pearce isn’t even Leeds’ strongest option when it comes to youngsters in that position either. Liverpool target Leif Davis is seemingly the hotter prospect. Not only is he two years younger than Pearce, but Bielsa seemingly rates him higher as he handed him first-team opportunities last season while Pearce was shipped out on loan to Scunthorpe.
At the age of 21, you’d be expecting Pearce to break into the first team sooner rather than later, but at Leeds, it just doesn’t look possible as he’s probably their fifth choice left-back at this moment in time.
A move to Barnsley makes sense for all parties, and Leeds shouldn’t hesitate to let Pearce continue his development at Oakwell.