Two of the biggest clubs in the Championship – Leeds United and Aston Villa – recently played out a complete classic.
Indeed, both powerhouses host a huge array of attacking talent, meaning their defenders will need to be vigilant. Both clubs are experiencing defensives crises, so Pontus Jansson and James Chester will once again be at the centre of attention.
With that in mind, let’s compare these two transfers…
Leeds signed Jansson from Serie A outfit Torino on a season long loan in the summer of 2016. The Sweden international immediately became a success at Elland Road under Garry Monk and became a fan favourite.
He earned him place in the Championship Team of the Season after his first campaign, and he signed permanently for the club for £3.5 million. Since then, he has continued to be a rock at the back for Leeds under all managers that they’ve had, and at 27, he looks to be crucial for years to come.
This season, he has been the rock at the back for a Leeds team that have looked pretty stretched defensively. His no-nonsense style has made him a favourite under manager Marcelo Bielsa, as he continues to be the talisman at the back in some makeshift defences, and continues to power them towards the Premier League.
A very good signing indeed no matter what way you look at it.
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The Wales international had played in the Premier League, but he was a proven Championship player, and this was seen as a great move for Villa in their hopes of bouncing back England’s top division.
Since joining, he has been pivotal for The Villans. He was instrumental last season with John Terry in the heart of the defence as The Villans came agonisingly close to gaining promotion back to the Premier League.
This season, he has been a rock at the back in what has been a hugely depleted Villa defence. He has only missed one game, and in truth, Aston Villa could be in a far worse position than they are currently in had Chester not been playing. He has carried a beleaguered defence all season, and the Villa fans have a lot to thank him for. All in all, this has been a great signing for the club.
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Both Jansson and Chester have been the heartbeat of severely depleted defences so far this season, and it is for that reason that both players deserve a huge amount of credit.
However, the fact that Leeds are able to still top the Championship table despite their defensive woes proves what a great signing Jansson has been for The Whites, and why he wins this battle. Additionally, if he spearheads Leeds back to the Premier League, it would mean he wins this battle hands down.
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