The Daily Mail reported over the weekend that Wigan Athletic were weighing up an approach for Leeds United captain Jason Pearce.
It’s seemingly a move that Leeds should oppose with Pearce a key figure at Elland Road, however, the time is right for the club to let him leave.
Pearce is a big and imposing defender, but he arguably has a number of technical and physical flaws, which work against him and the Leeds back four.
He’s a big man and because of that he doesn’t have quick feet and a quick turn, which means opposition sides can play around him if they dominate the ball in front of the Leeds back four.
He also lacks half a yard of pace in initial contests against attacking players, which means Leeds boss Neil Redfearn is restricted in terms of encouraging the Leeds defensive line to move higher up the pitch.
It’s also reasonable to suggest that he struggles sometimes under pressure to switch possession from one foot to another, which makes him predictable for any opposing attacker looking to close him down and put him under pressure.
Leeds have also accumulated a through selection of players who are capable of playing in centre back roles.
Giuseppe Bellusci, Liam Cooper and Dario Del Fabro are all very talented players and offer Redfearn the cover, which would allow the club to cope if they did a deal with Wigan for Pearce. Tommaso Bianchi also has the ability to play in the heart of the back four.
Despite the transfer embargo, which was placed on the club by the Football League, Leeds have been very active in terms of looking for new players to come in on loan and give Redfearn a different option in key positions.
Pearce started the season as a key player and a key figure. He should be praised for his attitude and work rate, but a first teamer who has slipped into the back four of the under-21 side is not the player Leeds need to propel the side forward.