Jason Pearce is close to signing for Leeds United from Portsmouth as they look to rebuild their squad under new manager Neil Warnock.
Leeds will be hoping to take advantage of Portsmouth who are resigned to losing their best players in the summer with them in financial problems and looking like they are going to be relegated to League 1. Pearce has been linked with a number of clubs already with Ipswich Town also looking to take the centre back but Leeds seems to be his next destination. But will he be good enough to help Leeds get promoted and who will leave Leeds to give him his chance in the squad?
Darren O’Dea has already been released from his loan spell early and has returned to Celtic. He had played 38 games for the club this season but Warnock obviously wasn’t a fan and believed he could get in better. Other players that I think should leave if Leeds do want to get promoted next season are Leigh Bromby who had a lot of potential when he was young player at Sheffield Wednesday but has never really lived up to his early career promise. Alex Bruce is another player that I think they should get rid of they want to progress, however he is quite a consistent player when he does play.
At home Leeds have conceded 39 goals which is a lot and it is no surprise that Warnock feels that he must improve this statistic at least and losing 10 games at Elland Road it must have been hard for the fans to take this year and it has probably cost them a place in the playoffs.
So will Jason Pearce have a positive impact on the team and would he be good enough for the Premier League if they do get promoted in the near future? He actually started his career at Portsmouth when they were in the Premier League but was unable to break into their first team however at the time they were an established Premier League side and would not have risked putting in a youngster. Pearce left the club to get some first team football and he went to Bournemouth where he was eventually made first team captain. He played 183 games for the club and scored eight goals. He was at the club during all of their financial difficulties and was vital in keeping them up and then eventually getting them promoted to League 1.
This season he has proved that he is a very good centre back at Championship level playing 41 games and scoring 2 goals. He will be vital for Leeds next season if he definitely signs for them which is looking extremely likely at the moment. It would not surprise me if he became club captain either because he is a very good leader and when his team really need him he will stand up and be counted which may have been missing at times this season for Leeds.