He may only have made five appearances for the first-team but 20-year-old Leeds left-back Tom Pearce is generating a huge amount of interest from further afield with both Crystal Palace and Bournemouth named as potential suitors this summer.
Whilst the Championship outfit were hopeful of putting talk of Pearce moving on to bed when getting him to sign a four-year contract extension in May, it sounds as though neither Palace nor the Cherries have given up hope of luring him away from Elland Road before the 2018/19 season begins, fuelling speculation over just how much potential the full-back has got.
Having originally joined the Leeds academy from Everton back in 2014, Pearce has long been earmarked as a star of the future by the club’s coaching staff and made his breakthrough into the side towards the end of last season. After making his first start for them in March, Tom went on to put in an eye-catching performance in a 1-0 defeat away to Aston Villa before winning the Man of the Match award during a 2-1 victory over Barnsley in which he scored his first ever goal as a professional from long-range.
Away from the domestic scene, Pearce has also earned recognition within the England U-21 set-up, helping Aidy Boothroyd’s men to win the tournament with a 2-1 victory over Mexico in the final on Saturday evening. Admittedly, he only started one of the games throughout the group and knockout stages but for someone with so little experience at professional level, it’ll be an experience worth its weight in gold for the youngster.
Of course, he may well tell Palace, Bournemouth and whoever else is interested that he sees his immediate future with Leeds but given the buzz that currently exists around him, you can hardly blame Roy Hodgson for wanting to bring him into the fold at Selhurst Park.