Scunthorpe boss comments on Leeds loanee Tom Pearce after nervy debut

Stuart McCall manager of Bradford City looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Sheffield United and Bradford City at Bramall Lane on April 17, 2017 in Sheffield, England.

Tom Pearce left Championship hopefuls Leeds United to join League One Scunthorpe United on transfer deadline day.

Leeds United's Tom Pearce at Elland Road on October 27, 2018 in Leeds, England.

Scunthorpe manager Stuart McCall has admitted that Tom Pearce has much room for improvement after the defender’s debut on loan from Leeds United.

The 20-year-old left-back left Elland Road on transfer deadline day, moving to Glanford Park on a temporary basis until the end of the season. And Pearce made his debut for Scunthorpe against Accrington on Saturday, keeping a clean sheet as The Iron won 2-0.

It wasn’t a stellar performance from the youngster, however, who looked nervy on occasions and struggled to hit the target with a number of set-pieces.

 

And, speaking to Grimsby Live, McCall has admitted that Pearce can do a lot better on the left of defence.

“For a debut he did fine but he has got better quality than what we saw from him on Saturday from set pieces because he hit the first man a couple of times,” said the former Rangers and Bradford City boss.

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 Birmingham, England.

“Tom did fine but there are some tactical things we need to get into him like which areas to get in from throw ins but we have got all week to work on that.”

A short-term spell at Scunthorpe should only be beneficial to Pearce, who forced his way into Leeds’ starting XI during the end of Paul Heckingbottom’s reign in West Yorkshire but found first-team football hard to come by once Marcelo Bielsa took over.

He is now behind Barry Douglas and Leif Davis in the pecking order.

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...

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