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Morning Leeds-in for 23 April: Tom Pearce honoured to score for Leeds against Barnsley

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The win against Barnsley highlighted just how good the players coming up through the youth ranks at the club are right now. As much as this season has been a disappointment, at least the kids that are coming up have been good, right?

Tom Pearce is a name that had been mentioned earlier in the season as one to watch for, and the fullback did a brilliant job to score the opening goal Saturday.

Speaking to the media, Pearce said:

It was unbelievable, just playing for Leeds United is an honour, but to score- I can’t describe it.

There was space to drive into and you see people shoot all the time, so I thought I’d have a go and luckily it has gone in.

The gaffer has given me loads of confidence and the Academy and first team lads have been class with me.

The Academy has some good players, the Under-18s have also won the league, so there is a lot of talent coming through.

At the start of every season the aim is to try and get into the first team, luckily I have been able to stay in and around it for the last two months.

Everyone in the team are great lads, it is like a big family, everyone is friendly and helps each other along.

I want to stay in the team, hopefully I can perform well and hopefully we can end the season with two wins in the final games now

More to come from the kids, and hopefully this progress continues to preseason.

On to the links.

Leeds United Links

A look at two players who have been heavily linked with Leeds who played for Barnsley FC: Oliver McBurnie and Andy Yiadom. Did they live up to the hype? [Yorkshire Evening Post]

Barnsley boss Jose Morias thinks that they should have had a penalty. Yeah, no. [Yorkshire Evening Post]

England and English Football Links

Manchester City didn’t let being named Premier League champions slow them down as the beat Swansea City 5-0. [The Independent]

Chelsea beat Southampton in an FA Cup semi-final, setting up a final with Manchester United. [BBC.com]

Liverpool’s Mo Salah named player of the year by the PFA. [BBC.com]

Arsenal beat West Ham United 4-1 as Arsene Wenger wins his final London derby. [Brace the Hammer]

World Football Links

Napoli ripped the Scudetto race wide open after a late goal by Kalidou Koulibaly gave Napoli a win over Juventus. [Football-Italia.net]

Atlético Madrid drew 0-0 with Real Betis. [Into The Caldreon]

AS Roma beat SPAL 3-0 to solidify their hold on a Champions League spot in Serie A. [Chiesa di Totti]