Signing a new four-year deal hasn’t put suitors off pursuing Leeds United defender Tom Pearce, with Crystal Palace and Bournemouth reportedly still keen on the academy graduate.
Although Pearce made just five appearances in his debut season for the Whites, it is no surprise to see interest in him from England’s elite division.
His impressive performances were more than enough to create optimism around Elland Road about what the future might hold for the 20-year-old, but the Leeds faithful will be hoping the club can hold onto their prized youth product this time.
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Leeds United’s academy has become renowned for producing some top talent over the years, with the likes of Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor and Sam Byram earning moves to the top flight. That hasn’t changed in recent years either.
2018 saw an array of academy players emerge as potential stars of the future following their performances in the Under-23s; Paudie O’Connor, Hugo Diaz and then 16-year-old Ryan Edmondson joined Pearce in making their mark on the first team scene.
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Whilst Bailey Peacock-Farrell staked his claim for the number one jersey for next season with his first proper stint in the starting XI under former boss Paul Heckingbottom last term.
Although putting pen to paper on a new long-term contract should’ve been enough to preserve Pearce’s future at Leeds, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace are still interested in securing the left-back’s services over the summer according to the Croydon Guardian.
Pearce is evidently very well thought of on the national scene too after he joined fellow Whites teammate Ronaldo Vieira in competing with the England Under-21s at the Toulon Tournament in France this month, as a reward for his good form towards the end of last season.