According to The Sun (27/05/2018; page 65), Everton are currently looking into the prospects of Leeds United fullback, Tom Pearce who is also getting interest from AFC Bournemouth. The same report claims that while the Whites are considering a £2m bid from Eddie Howe’s side, Everton are getting ready to make an official approach for the 20-year-old.
Pearce’s contract with the Whites will run out soon and every other team are well within their rights to approach him for a free transfer. Leeds might be entitled to a small compensation amount. Pearce ironically started his development as a professional footballer at the Everton academy before making the switch to Leeds in 2014. He worked his way up the Peacocks’ youth ranks to mark his spot in this season’s senior team.
Pearce earned his first call-up as one of the substitutes in the 2-1 FA Cup 3rd round defeat to Newport County. He made his real start in the Championship fixture against Sheffield Wednesday on March. Just a few days later, he scored his first goal against Barnsley.
His development from the youth ranks has progressed at a very promising rate. The Englishman has already shown signs of a lucrative career in English football and deserves a place in the Leeds first team in the near future.
None of the other prospects in the right-back position have really worked out for Leeds in the previous season. Laurens De Bock struggled to really plant his feet into the English second division and Gaetano Berardi remains a better fit on the right.
None of the fans would exactly like a recap of the Charlie Taylor situation who currently is enjoying a rewarding period with Burnley. Instead of making improvements to the current squad, weakening up a position will not bode well for their promotion chase next season.
Everton are in the market for a fullback signing as Farah Moshiri lines up another war chest of a transfer budget for his new manager.
Since Leighton Baines went down to injury, Rhu-Endly Cuco Martina filled in as a makeshift option but never looked entirely comfortable. He does not have a dominant left-foot to really make an impact on the offensive end.
Baines is 33 and is slowly entering the twilight of his playing career. Keeping up with the Premier League wingers is already proving to be a burden and a young replacement needs to be named soon.
Since Pearce is already acquainted with the ways of Everton, he might not disagree to a switch at this point of his career, especially with semi-guaranteed first-team football in the Premier League. However, staying at Leeds United might guarantee him a place in the starting lineup in the near future and that is why he should not leave the Whites so easily.