Stats: Leeds United with Jason Pearce and without - Are they better off or not?

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Leeds United have performed better without Jason Pearce this season, statistics show.

Leeds United's Jason Pearce lost his place in the side ahead of his imminent switch to Wigan as reported by The BBC, and the statistics show they have performed better without him.

The emergence of Liam Cooper has seen him win not only his place, but the captaincy too.

Pearce has started 20 Championship games for Leeds this season, but has been left out for seven matches, including the last five. 

Here is a look at their record with him in the starting line-up and without...

  MatchWinsDrawsLossesPoints per gameGoals per gameGoals Conceded per gameGames
Leeds Without Pearce starting 0.29 0.43 0.29 1.29 1 1.14 7
Leeds Pearce starts 0.25 0.25 0.5 1 1.05 1.5 20

The statistics do not reflect well for Pearce, and add weight to opinions the club will not be losing out if they let him go.

Leeds average more wins and draws per game with Pearce in the side, losing only around a third, as opposed to 50 per cent of matches with him in the team.

Crucially the club average more points per game without Pearce than with him in the team - and concede less goals per game in matches he has been on the bench.

While the wisdom of selling him to a relegation rival is debatable, the evidence so far this season suggests Leeds would not be better off keeping him and playing him.

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