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Why Tom Pearce must outperform left-back rival Tyler Denton to earn Leeds chance next season

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Why Tom Pearce must outperform left-back rival Tyler Denton to earn Leeds chance next season

Tom Pearce has joined Scunthorpe United on loan.

Leeds United youngster Tom Pearce headed out on loan at the end of January, teaming up with League One side Scunthorpe United until the end of the season.

But Pearce will be hoping to perform better than Leeds team-mate and left-back rival Tyler Denton for the remainder of the season.

Denton headed to League One at the beginning of the season, joining Peterborough United on a season-long loan deal.

But his performances at Peterborough are unlikely to earn him a first-team call-up for next season.

The 23-year-old has managed 10 outings for Posh, with just six league matches under his belt this campaign.

 

It has been a frustrating year for Denton, who might have expected to break into the side on a regular basis back in early January.

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Denton played two consecutive games at the end of December and on New Year’s Day but was then replaced by new signing Daniel Lafferty in the starting line-up.

Since then, the Leeds defender has managed just one appearance and that came as a three-minute cameo in the EFL Trophy.

Pearce must go one better than Denton, using his League One loan spell to prove why he should be considered for selection at Leeds next season.

The 20-year-old has made 10 senior appearances for the Whites, including five this season, but needs to prove himself out on loan.

A successful loan spell with the Iron could earn him a first-team promotion next season but an unsuccessful stint could be bad news for both Pearce and Denton.

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