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Leeds had to keep Pontus Jansson help Bielsa’s promotion push

Leeds had to keep Pontus Jansson help Bielsa’s promotion push

Following injuries to Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper, Marcelo Bielsa was forced to play Luke Ayling at centre-back while shifting Jamie Shackleton to right-back.

Having struggled with fitness over the last few weeks, Pontus Jansson has of yet only made one start for the club.

In his absence, Gaetano Berardi has started and actually been pretty solid in the heart of defence.

Jansson, however, is a fan favourite and was one of the club’s best players last season but could face a fight on his hands to get back into the team considering Berardi’s form so far this season.

Due to his superb performances. Jansson was subject to a bid close to £10 million according to the Yorkshire Evening Post journalist, Phil Hay.

The Breakdown

For a player valued at £5.4 million by Transfermarkt, a £10 million bid is reasonable but ultimately, Leeds were right to turn down the offer.

Although Berardi has played well so far this season, once fit, Jansson would surely be the club’s starting defender.

After his stuttering start to the season, Jansson could well be ready to feature for the side soon, although probably not in time for this weekend’s game.

Hay has reported that the Sweden international has returned to training and with a long, tough 46-game Championship schedule, it’s more than likely that he will come back into the first-team as there’s no way the starting XI will be able to stay injury free throughout the whole season.

With Bielsa rejecting the need for a new central defender, it seems Pontus Jansson still has a big role to play.

Leeds fans, are you desperate to see him return?

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