Leeds fans are absolutely delighted with left back Tom Pearce, after the academy product made his senior debut against Sheffield Wednesday.
There hasn’t been much to cheer about at Elland Road since the turn of the year, and Paul Heckingbottom has had a miserable time since taking over. Still, he certainly can’t be criticised for not giving chances to young players, and he added Tom Pearce to that list on Saturday.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell has impressed in goal since coming into the team in the 3-0 loss to Wolves, and Pearce looks like he could be next in line for a permanent place with the senior side.
Left back has been a problem position for Leeds all season, and the January signing of Laurens De Bock has proved to be a bit of a disaster. Much like the goalkeeping situation, Heckingbottom turned to youth to fix the problem on Saturday, handing Pearce his debut.
The youngster looked calm and composed on the ball, and could have even had an assist after he picked out Pablo Hernandez in the Wednesday box with a superb pass. There were some shaky touches here and there, but that can be expected of a 19 year-old making his debut in a snowstorm.
Pearce was solid defensively, and had a calming presence on the back four. Leeds fans may be disappointed with the result, but they’ve been showing their affection for the youngster after his post match tweet.
Some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
Well played best passing I've seen all season from the lb position.
— Martyn Jones (@JonesMartyn) March 18, 2018
One of the few bright moments In a pretty dire performance from Most of the team well done And hopefully you and Ayling can make the difference at fullback next season as we are in dire need of fresh legs, 😎
— BEN SMITH (@BENSMITQ5) March 19, 2018
Great debut Tom you soon got into it great to see a fresh face with a great attitude to match. Good luck for the future mate. Mot
— John Michael Hewitt (@JohnMichaelHew2) March 19, 2018
Great debut very composed on the ball and an example for teammates to follow. Well played.
— Jonathan Lee Hart (@JH_WorldService) March 18, 2018
Well done Tom you had a good debut after a little bit of nerves early on but lots of promise. #MOT
— Marc F (@billywigwam13) March 18, 2018
You did great Tom, especially in the second half. Some of the vision for those passes was next level. Keep it up and we’ll be behind you. #mot
— Alex (@riotbadger) March 18, 2018