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Two Things Mansfield Town’s Krystian Pearce Could Bring to Salford City

Salford are reportedly interested in signing Mansfield defender Kyrstian Pearce. The Stags lost out in the League Two play-offs, and with Salford being a club on the rise, could Pearce be tempted by a move North?

Salford are reportedly interested in signing Mansfield defender Krystian Pearce. The Stags lost out in the League Two play-offs, and with Salford being a club on the rise, could Pearce be tempted by a move North?

Mansfield missed out on automatic promotion on the final day of the season, then lost on penalties to Newport County in the semi-finals of the playoffs. Salford are an exciting proposition and could provide a new challenge for Pearce to tackle.

Graham Alexander has already started the building process, to prepare his side for League Two, by signing four players. The gaffer has looked to sign experience and talent, Pearce would certainly within that bill.

I looked at the positive impacts Krystian Pearce could have on Salford…

Physicality

From experience of watching Wigan in the lower leagues, it’s important to have two physically strong centre backs. A lot of the other teams (with all respect) don’t play Guardiola football, they play the exact opposite. Lots of long balls and crosses into the box, you need to be prepared for that. Wigan had Chey Dunkley and Dan Burn who just cleared everything, it wasn’t always pretty, but it was effective. Pearce is one of the best defenders in League Two and would be a top signing for Salford.

Leadership

Pearce was Manfield’s captain last season and guided them to a fourth-place finish. The season ended in disappointment, narrowly missing out on promotion, but Pearce was a rock at the back for The Stags and one of their shining lights. Mansfield will be keen to hang onto their top defender, however, Salford seems to be able to attract players by their clear signs of ambition to rise through the EFL.

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