It has been reported by The Sun on Sunday (28/10; page 59) that Tom Pearce could quit Leeds in January. The youngster has struggled for game-time under Marcelo Bielsa and now has several clubs chasing him.
The Sun suggests both Everton and Bournemouth are keen, while Pearce could consider a move to another Championship side.
The left-back has only made two substitute appearances in the league this term. And his frustration would have been compounded when he was substituted after coming on against Nottingham Forest.
Leeds taking major risk?
His lack of minutes may leave some Leeds fans fearing that Bielsa may decide to let him leave. It is not clear what Leeds’ stance on Pearce’s future may be, but if he is available, the Whites should only consider a loan.
With Barry Douglas the first-choice and players such as Gaetano Berardi and Gjanni Alioski also available, letting Pearce leave temporarily seems to make sense. A lot more sense than selling him permanently.
He can head elsewhere and get regular game-time for the second-half of the season. That will allow the youngster to stake a claim to Bielsa that he will probably not be able to make at Elland Road.
Loaning him out could prove to be a gamble given the injuries Leeds have already dealt with this term. But, given the potential he is showing, a loan has to be a better option than selling him permanently.