After weeks of speculation, Leeds United have finally tied down their talented young left-back Tom Pearce to a new contract at the club. The England under-21 international came to the fore this season but with his contract expiring this summer the likes of Everton, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace were all keen on his signature.
Leeds convincing him to sign a new four-year deal is a massive boost for the club ahead of the summer. Left-back is an area where Leeds have been struggling. Last summer they lost Charlie Taylor to Burnley at the end of his contract. The man who had been his back-up at Elland Road was Gaetano Berardi. The Swiss defender has struggled to live up to his expectations this season. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson flopped on loan and Belgian recruit Laurens De Bock also flagged before suffering a season-ending injury.
It looked as though Leeds were going to have to spend to bring in another left-back, but with Pearce tied down, they no longer need to.
The 20-year-old showed in his displays for Leeds at the end of last season that he has what it takes to be the main left-back at Elland Road.
So rather than having to spend millions in the transfer market to solve their left-back issue, once again the club’s excellent youth academy has provided an answer.
Hopefully, Pearce can continue to thrive in the season to come.