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Opening fixtures show Pontus Jansson may not be a part of Bielsa’s plans

Opening fixtures show Pontus Jansson may not be a part of Bielsa’s plans

It’s been a dream start to the season for Argentine Marcelo Bielsa, as his Leeds United side have stormed to six points in their opening two games. 

It is not just the points that Leeds United can afford to be happy about, it is the level of performance the Whites have shown in their opening games. Against strong opposition in Stoke City and Frank Lampard’s Derby County, the Elland Road outfit have dominated both games.

Marcelo Bielsa has shown a willingness to adapt his principles, whilst maintaining his meticulous approach to management. The Whites certainly looked well prepared in their opening games. Kemar Roofe has been a player to drift in and out of the side and often make little impact for Leeds United in recent seasons. Now, Bielsa has transformed his game and Roofe has looked unstoppable in the opening two fixtures.

One player who might be wondering where he fits in, is Swedish centre-back Pontus Jansson.

The imposing 6ft 4′ centre-back is valued at £5.4m by Transfermarkt.

He has not played a single minute in the victories over Stoke City and Derby County. After being firmly a first choice starter at Elland Road last season, this will be concerning for the Swede. With Luke Ayling and Liam Cooper in such imperious form for the Whites, it doesn’t look like he will get a look-in any time soon.

The Argentine is very clear that he favours versatile players who can contribute to several phases of play. He wants all of his players to show high levels of energy, and be composed on the ball. If Bielsa does not feel Jansson fits the bill, he is not going to pick him solely based on reputation.

There is still time for the big Swede to stake his claim for first team football, but currently he will be rather worried about his future at Leeds United.

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