Leeds United look on course for Premier League football next year if they keep the lead at the top of the table up, but if not, an exit could be on the cards.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have shown characteristics of a title-winning side; being able to fight until the end; coming out on top off the close, scrappy games; and even in an injury crisis, finding a way to use the system to the best of their players.
However, in the case that their current form does not improve from the two Championship losses in a row, there remains a chance Leeds slip to the playoffs and fail to make it through.
In that situation, there may be players who decided to move on from the West Yorkshire club, and Pontus Jansson could be one of them.
Jansson has been instrumental in Leeds’ rise to prominence under Bielsa this season. The Swede has played in 22 out of the 24 games he has been available for in the League and the EFL Cup, partnering Liam Cooper, Kalvin Phillips and Aapo Halme at different points of the season, remaining ever-present amid the injury crisis.
The problem for Leeds is, and what The Whites faithful are well aware of, is he is simply that good, whether it is in the tackle, in the air, and now developing on the ball, that Jansson would fit into most Premier League sides outside the top six.
In late August, the Yorkshire Evening Post reported that as well as Burnley and West Ham United’s links with the 27-year-old, second-placed side in Russia, FC Krasnodar, tested the waters with a concrete approach in the region of £10m that was rejected.
The interest is there for Jansson, and if Leeds do not make it up to the Premier League this season, there is a chance he could move on. With such ability, Jansson’s career could continue to prosper in the top flight of English football where he could provide stability to another side too. However, Leeds fans will be more than hoping that either way, he pledges his future to Elland Road.
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