Tom Pearce (footballer)

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Tom Pearce
Personal information
Full name Tom Mark Pearce[1]
Date of birth (1998-04-12) 12 April 1998 (age 21)
Place of birth Ormskirk, England
Playing position Left-back / Left wing-back
Club information
Current team
Wigan Athletic
Number 12
Youth career
2003–2014 Everton
2014–2018 Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018–2019 Leeds United 7 (1)
2019Scunthorpe United (loan) 9 (1)
2019– Wigan Athletic 0 (0)
National team
2018–2019 England U20 8 (0)
2018– England U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:20, 21 March 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 07:04, 31 August 2019 (UTC)

Tom Mark Pearce (born 12 April 1998) is an English footballer who plays as a left-back for English club Wigan Athletic and England U21s.

Club career[edit]

Leeds United[edit]

Pearce started his career at Everton youth academy before joining Leeds United's academy in 2014. He rose up through the ranks of the Leeds youth academy. He impressed for Leeds Under 18s during the 2015–16 season, scoring eight goals from left back in 26 games.[2]

On 9 June 2016, Pearce signed a professional contract for the club, progressing in Leeds' Under 23 squad.[3] Pearce was given his first call up to the first team on 7 January 2018, when he was named on the bench against Newport County in a 2–1 defeat in the third round of the FA Cup. He was allocated squad number 46.[4] His first involvement in a League squad came on 31 January, when he was named on the bench in a 0–0 draw against Hull City,[5] he was again named on the bench in the consecutive league fixture on 3 February 2018 by head coach Thomas Christiansen in a 1–4 defeat against Cardiff City.[6]

He was named on the Leeds bench again under new coach Paul Heckingbottom on the 10 March 2018.[7] He made his first start for the club on 17 March 2018 under head coach Paul Heckingbottom, starting in Leeds' Championship fixture against Sheffield Wednesday.[8] On 16 April 2018, Pearce was nominated as one of four players for Leeds United's Young Player of The Year award.[9]

After playing in the 1–0 defeat to Aston Villa at Villa Park, Pearce started again against Barnsley on 21 March scoring his first ever professional goal in a 2–1 victory with a long range effort. He also received the man of the match award.[10]

With Premier League interest in Pearce from his former club Everton and also AFC Bournemouth, in May 2018 Leeds held talks with Pearce about a new contract with his current deal set to expire in June 2018.[11] On 18 May 2018, Leeds announced they had offered Pearce a new contract.[12] On 7 June, he signed a new four year contract to keep him at Leeds United.[13] On 26 July 2018, Pearce was given the number 20 shirt for the upcoming 2018–19 season for Leeds.[14] After falling behind new signing Barry Douglas in the pecking order at the start of the season, Pearce was mainly named as a substitute under new head coach Marcelo Bielsa, until he was ruled out with a foot injury and subsequently missed 10 games due to the injury,[15] before returning from injury on 6 January 2019 during a 2–1 defeat to Queens Park Rangers in the third round of the FA Cup.[16]

Scunthorpe United loan[edit]

On 31 January 2019, Pearce joined EFL League One side Scunthorpe United on a six month loan.[17] He made his debut on 9 February in a 2–0 win against Accrington Stanley.[18]

In total, he made 9 appearances for Scunthorpe United in League One, scoring his only goal for the club on 12 March 2019 with a long range strike in a 4–1 win over Southend United.[19]

After returning to Leeds in the summer of 2019, in July 2019, Pearce was the subject of interest of a loan move to Greek Super League side Aris Thessaloniki F.C. who will also play in the Europa League in the upcoming 2019/20 season.[20][21]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

On Deadline Day in Summer 2019, Tom Pearce signed a three-year-deal with Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.[22]

International career[edit]

On 18 May 2018, Pearce received a call up to England U21s for the first time by Manager Adrian Boothroyd, for the Toulon Tournament with Englands group containing fixtures against Qatar, China and Mexico.[23] He made his debut on 26 May against China in a 2–1 victory.[24] On 9 June 2018, Pearce was named on the bench for the 2018 Toulon Tournament final against Mexico U21 with England winning the tournament after beating Mexico 2–1 in the final.[25]

In September 2018, Pearce was called up to the England U20 squad for the first time, and was an unused substitute on 6 September in a 2–0 victory against Switzerland U20s.[26] He made his debut for the Under 20s on 10 September against Netherlands U20.[27]

Pearce was called-up to the England U20 squad for the 2019 Toulon Tournament.[28]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 6 January 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leeds United 2017–18[29] Championship 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
2018–19[30] Championship 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 5 0
Career total 7 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 10 1

Honours[edit]

England U21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club list of registered players: As at 19th May 2018: Leeds United" (PDF). English Football League. p. 21. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Leeds United's Tom Pearce is 'ticking all the right boxes'". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  3. ^ "PEARCE AGREES PROFESSIONAL TERMS". Leeds United Official Site. 17 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Newport County 2–1 Leeds United". BBC Sport. 7 January 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Phil Hay's Big Match Verdict – Hull City 0 Leeds United 0: Goalkeeper Wiedwald saves patched-up Whites". Yorkshire Evening Post. 31 January 2018.
  6. ^ "REPORT: LEEDS UNITED 1–4 CARDIFF CITY". Leeds United. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Reading 2 Leeds 2". Sky Sports. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Leeds United v Sheffield Wednesday: Debut for Pearce but injured Saiz misses out". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  9. ^ "CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS". www.leedsunited.com. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Leeds United 2 Barnsley 1: Tom Pearce lights up Elland Road derby". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Leeds set for more contract talks with youngster Pearce". Yorkshire Evening Post. 14 May 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  12. ^ "LEEDS UNITED 2018/19 RETAINED LIST". Leeds United. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Tom Pearce: Leeds United full-back signs four-year deal". BBC Sport. 7 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  14. ^ "2018/19 SQUAD NUMBERS ANNOUNCED". Leeds United. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  15. ^ "PEARCE OUT Leeds United injury news: Tom Pearce pictured with cast on left foot". Talksport. 9 November 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  16. ^ "QPR 2–1 Leeds United". BBC Sport. 6 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Tom Pearce joins on loan from Leeds". Scunthorpe. 31 January 2019. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Games played by Tom Pearce in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. 9 March 2019. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Tom Pearce". Soccerbase. 1 June 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  20. ^ "Καστεγιάνο και Πιρς στο... κάδρο του Άρη". SDNA. 27 July 2019. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  21. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: LEEDS UNITED PUSHING FOR DEFENDER'S LOAN EXIT, PLAYER REMAINS UNSURE". Football League World. 27 July 2019. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  22. ^ "Tom Pearce make Wigan Athletic move". Leeds United. 8 August 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  23. ^ "ENGLAND U21S HEAD TO MAURICE REVELLO TOURNAMENT IN TOULON WITH A 20-MAN SQUAD". FA.COM. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  24. ^ "TAMMY ABRAHAM STRIKES LATE AS ENGLAND WIN TOULON TOURNAMENT OPENER AGAINST CHINA". FA.COM. 26 May 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  25. ^ "England win third straight Toulon Tournament title after victory over Mexico". BBC Sport. 9 June 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  26. ^ "GOALS FROM GEORGE HIRST AND ELLIOT EMBLETON SEE PAUL SIMPSON'S SIDE TO VICTORY AT SGP". FA.Com. 6 September 2018. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  27. ^ "Netherlands Under 20's Vs England Under 20's". Soccerway. 10 September 2018. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  28. ^ "ENGLAND MU20S SQUAD NAMED BY PAUL SIMPSON FOR MAURICE REVELLO TOURNAMENT IN FRANCE". TheFA.com. 30 May 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  29. ^ "Games played by Tom Pearce in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  30. ^ "Games played by Tom Pearce in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  31. ^ "Final fightback takes England U21S to Toulon hat-trick with win over Mexico". The Football Association. 9 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2019.