Last week Leeds United were boosted by the news that Tom Pearce had signed a new deal at the club. The 20-year-old left-back had emerged as a top talent toward the end of last season. But with his contract coming to an end, the vultures were circling. Getting him tied down to a long-term deal is great business from the West Yorkshire club, who will now hope he can become their permanent left-back option at Elland Road.
Which might sound like bad news for January recruit Laurens De Bock. Leeds paid Club Brugge a fee reported by Leeds Live to be in the region of £3 million for the player, who was supposed to be the solution to their left-back concerns.
But he struggled to settle into English football and fans were left unimpressed with his performances. He then suffered an injury which allowed Pearce to take his place.
So why is the Pearce deal good news?
With Pearce now staying, it seems unlikely Leeds will be signing any more experienced left-back cover. With De Bock and Pearce now at the club the feeling will be Leeds are adequately stocked at left-back.
De Bock may have to fight for his place in the team, but given Pearce’s young age, Leeds are unlikely to give him a 50-game season to manage.
Instead, the Belgian is likely to get plenty of football, interchanging with the England under-21 international.
For Leeds, it can be a perfect scenario and for De Bock, it could help him finally settle into his surroundings at Elland Road.