Leeds United youngster Tom Pearce is set to be handed his debut for the club by new manager Paul Heckingbottom by the end of the season, according to a report.
Yorkshire news website Leeds Live claim that the young left back is the hottest prospect to have broken through the youth ranks at Elland Road and that he is in line to make his first appearance for the Whites over the coming months, after working his way into contention.
It is said that Heckingbottom will rotate the youngster with January arrival Laurens De Bock with limited other options to fill in on the left side of defence, and that failing to compete for a play off spot in the final weeks of the season could see him handed yet more game time.
Pearce appeared on the substitutes’ bench for former manager Thomas Christiansen’s final two games at the helm as the squad was hit by a series of injury and disciplinary blows, but he was left unused by the Danish boss.
A former Everton youngster, he arrived at Elland Road back in 2014 and has established himself as a regular feature for the club’s under-23 side, including putting in a starring performance against Nottingham Forest in their 5-1 victory.
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