By Tom Blackburn
Leeds defender Pontus Jansson has received a call-up to the Sweden squad for their World Cup qualifier against Holland in September.
Sweden boss Janne Andersson has announced the squad, with the national side likely to change their approach following the retirement of talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic from international football.
The squad was confirmed on Sweden Football website, with eight-time Sweden international Jansson included alongside Celtic defender Mikael Lustig.
The centre-back completed a loan move from Torino to Leeds last Thursday as he became the Yorkshire giant’s 10th summer signing.
He missed their game against Sheffield Wednesday with boss Garry Monk saying he wasn’t sharp enough, but is set to make his debut in the EFL Cup against Luton on Tuesday night.
Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer Phil Hay revealed on his personal Twitter account that the 6ft 5in centre-back is in line to partner club captain Sol Bamba at the heart of the Leeds defence against Luton.
Bit of early team news – expecting Pontus Jansson to make his full debut tonight, alongside Sol Bamba in the centre of defence. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 23, 2016
This almost certainly suggests that Kyle Bartley and Liam Cooper, who have started the last two league matches, will be rested from the starting XI for the match at Kenilworth Road.
Jansson moved to Italy from Swedish side Malmo in the summer of 2014 on a free transfer and he still has two years left on his current contract.
The defender built a name for himself in Sweden, where he starred in 89 fixtures and won three league titles as well as a domestic cup during his five-year stay.
In other Leeds news, a reliable journalist claims these two Leeds fringe men will start against Luton.