Would Leif Davis leaving hand Tom Pearce lifeline at Leeds?

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Aston Villa at Elland Road on April 28, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United youngster Tom Pearce struggled to force his way into Marcelo Bielsa's plans this past season.

Tom Pearce of Leeds United and Tom Barkhuizen of Preston North End compete for the ball during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Leeds United and Preston North End at Elland Road...

Tom Pearce is likely to be amongst the Leeds players set to return to Thorp Arch for pre-season seeking some clarity regarding whether they have a future at Elland Road.

It was only a year ago that Pearce was probably going into the summer thinking that he had overcome the biggest hurdle in front of him, breaking into the first-team from the under-23s as he made five appearances under Paul Heckingbottom and looked to be a potential answer to Leeds' left-back woes. He was rewarded with a long-term contract following the season.

 

However, Barry Douglas' arrival in the summer immediately pushed him down the pecking order and it surprised few when he left on loan during the January transfer window, with Marcelo Bielsa seemingly preferring to play Gjanni Alioski and Stuart Dallas out of position rather than turn to the England under-21 international.

He did not manage to capture the imagination during his time at Scunthorpe United, who were relegated to League Two. It does appear therefore, that he may have to consider leaving in some capacity this summer for the sake of his career.

But perhaps recent reports hint that one of his teammates may be about to throw him a lifeline at Leeds by leaving the club.

Albert Adomah of Aston Villa and Leif Davis of Leeds United in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on December 23, 2018 in...

The Sun recently claimed that Liverpool and Bournemouth are both interested in £4 million-rated Leif Davis, who also forced his way ahead of Pearce in the pecking order under Bielsa. 

While Davis leaving Elland Road would not make a huge difference to Pearce's prospects in the short-term, it would remove a player from the equation who could establish himself as a star player during what should be the best spell of Pearce's career in years to come. 

Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Leeds United before the SkyBet Championship playoff semi final match between Derby County and Leeds United at the Pride Park, Derby on Saturday 11th May 2019.

Douglas has struggled to avoid injuries this term and there will always be question marks concerning Alioski and Dallas given that they are more comfortable further up the pitch. Unless a new signing is brought in, it may not take a lot for the left-back spot to end up there for the taking next season.

If Davis sticks around, Pearce's chances of getting back into the picture look bleak and he may need to leave to ensure that his development does not stagnate.

But if Davis seals a move to the Premier League, perhaps Pearce could find himself back in the fold with another chance to prove that he should have a future with the Whites.

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