Date: 18th March 2018 at 8:10am
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Leeds United head coach Paul Heckingbottom was pleased with the debut of youngster Tom Pearce despite the defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

The 19-year-old came into the side following an hamstring injury to Laurens De Bock.

The Leeds academy product completed 77 minutes before being replaced with Leeds chasing the game and Heckingbottom feels the youngster has good potential.

“I thought Tom got stronger as the game went on,” Heckingbottom told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“It`s a really big jump from the 23s to the first team and he`s got that out the way now.

“It`ll be interesting to see what he thinks of the game and the differences. He`s another player with good potential for this club and now he`s had a taste of the first team.”

Pearce has been a regular in the Leeds development squad this season, starting 11 games in 19 appearances.

The youngster could now be set for an extended run in the side with Laurens De Bock expected to be sidelined for a while with a hamstring injury.

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