By Will Butcher
Leeds defender Pontus Jansson has been spotted in the stands of former side Malmo when he was 13 years old.
An image has emerged on Twitter of the 6ft 5in colossus from 2004, when Jansson was merely a fan of his beloved Swedish side Malmo. Two years later, Jansson was in the Malmo youth academy.
Malmo’s official Twitter account posted the image, circling a baby-faced Jansson in the stands as he waves the sky blue flag of the Swedish giants during the game against rivals IFK Gothenburg.
Den här 13-årige killen var på plats vid den klassiska bortamatchen mot IFK Göteborg 2004. Ses vi i Norrköping på söndag också, Pontus? pic.twitter.com/tv7ShaJHQc
— Malmö FF (@Malmo_FF) October 13, 2016
Malmo’s tweet says: “This 13-year-old guy was in the stadium at the classic away match against IFK Gothenburg in 2004. See you in Norrkoping on Sunday also, Pontus?” Malmo play away at Norrkoping on Sunday.
Jansson, who is currently on loan from Torino, played for Malmo between 2009 and 2014 and made 128 league and cup appearances as well as winning three Swedish league titles.
A fan favourite with Leeds despite featuring just seven times, Jansson responded on his personal Twitter account, describing the snapshot as an “absolutely stunning image.”
— Pontus Jansson (@PJansson5) October 13, 2016
Jansson’s tweet says: “Absolutely stunning image, what a memory! Good luck on Sunday, Malmo!”
Jansson has been Leeds’ stand out performer this season, after breaking into the first team to partner on-loan defender Kyle Bartley at the heart of the Yorkshire giants’ defence.
In his seven games, Leeds have conceded just three goals, and his presence has inspired Leeds to win five of their last six games. Jansson has played an integral part in helping keep four clean sheets during his seven games.
The 25-year-old will be one of the first names on Garry Monk’s team sheet against Derby this Saturday, as Leeds aim to move closer to the play-offs.
In other Leeds news, Garry Monk has posted this Twitter message ahead of Saturday’s Championship clash.