Leeds United youngster Tom Pearce is currently relishing the chance to play regular first-team football during a loan spell with Scunthorpe United.
The 20-year-old has featured twice for the Whites under Marcelo Bielsa this season, although opportunities have been few and far between.
League One seems like the ideal environment for the academy graduate to get some valuable game time under his belt.
Pearce is doing his chances of forcing his way into Bielsa’s Elland Road plans no harm at all.
The left-back is showing his capabilities at both ends of the pitch with some solid displays.
Last night in a 4-1 win over Southend United he netted his first goal for the Iron, with an audacious lob which had the goalkeeper all ends up.
Such was the nature of the goal, Pearce took to Twitter to highlight that he meant the strike and it was no fluke, saying:
Haters will say it was a cross😂👀 https://t.co/aOSKMW8fGN
— Tom Pearce (@Tompearce98) March 12, 2019
His cheeky message perhaps did suggest there was an element of luck to the goal. Nonetheless, it helped Scunthorpe to a massive win.
It’s not the goal that has been the most pleasing aspect of his spell away from Leeds though.
His energy and determination have done enough to suggest that he can still have a future at Elland Road.
Pearce has played for the England Under-21 team and he won’t be giving up on forcing his way into Bielsa’s plans just yet.
The future is seemingly bright at Leeds and the lively left-back will hope to continue his good form and earn another chance in West Yorkshire next season.