Leeds United picked up a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Brentford yesterday. Pontus Jansson’s late header helped Leeds earn a deserved draw after an Ollie Watkins dive had earned Brentford a penalty, converted by Neal Maupay.
One of the key reasons for the win came from a tactical switch by Marcelo Bielsa. The Argentine brought on 17-year-old Jack Clarke, switching Ezgjan Alioski to left-back among the changes.
The Macedonian was impressive in the position, allowing Leeds the balance they lacked with Stuart Dallas playing in the role.
But with Dallas and Alioski both playing in the position due to the absence of Barry Douglas, a message has seemingly been sent to youngster Tom Pearce.
This summer the youngster was linked with the likes of Bournemouth and Everton. His contract at Leeds was coming to an end and the Whites were facing a battle to keep hold of him.
In the end, Leeds managed to keep hold of the player. The 20-year-old signed a new four-year deal in June, keeping him at Leeds until 2022.
He would have been hoping to be the back-up to Douglas at least this season, but that does not appear to be the case. Dallas is clearly ahead of him in that pecking order. Meanwhile, Alioski’s impressive display in the role will make life even tougher. With Gaetano Berardi also happy at left-back, it seems Pearce has a huge battle on his hands trying to get first-team football at Leeds this season.