Could Tom Pearce now emulate Leeds teammate Bailey Peacock-Farrell?

Lewis Grabban of Aston Villa is tackled by Tom Pearce of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on April 13, 2018 in...

Leeds United's Tom Pearce now appears to be in contention to make his first Championship start of the season.

Barry Douglas of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United at Hillsborough Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

Leeds may have moved themselves back to the top of the Championship with their 1-0 win over Hull City on Tuesday night, but Marcelo Bielsa now has one more injury concern to worry about as Barry Douglas limped off during the second-half with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

Douglas has probably not shown his best form since moving to Elland Road, and yet, he has still been one of the most impressive performers in the Whites side. And his more recent displays suggested that he was starting to reach another level. He already has three assists in the league this term.

 

It is not clear just yet how long Douglas will be missing for, but any absence may present a fantastic opportunity to Tom Pearce, who is yet to feature in the Championship this season.

Pearce impressed when given a first-team chance under Paul Heckingbottom, and has featured regularly in Bielsa's matchday squads, so he would perhaps be the obvious candidate to come in if Douglas is sidelined.

Lewis Grabban of Aston Villa is tackled by Tom Pearce of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on April 13, 2018 in...

And while Pearce will probably be expecting to be dropped once again as soon as the Scotland international returns to full fitness, he perhaps only needs to look at the likes of Bailey Peacock-Farrell and perhaps even Tyler Roberts as inspiration.

Peacock-Farrell has surprised many and established himself as number one in goal and has kept Jamal Blackman out of the side since he arrived on loan from Chelsea. 

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United at Hillsborough Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

Meanwhile, Roberts is doing a fantastic job of showing to Bielsa why he should stay in the team once Kemar Roofe returns. It may not be enough to stay ahead of Roofe in the pecking order, but he has certainly proved a point with his run leading the line as many expected the time without Roofe to be incredibly tough.

Pearce is going to have to do amazingly well to show the kind of form that tempts Bielsa to keep faith in him when he has Douglas available. But Bielsa has shown loyalty to those players who are performing well, so if he does get a chance, perhaps it would be foolish to write off the idea of Pearce also springing a surprise by staking a claim to stay ahead of the summer signing.

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