By Will Butcher
Garry Monk has identified Sweden international Pontus Jansson as a player who reminds him of his own playing style.
The Torino loanee was in excellent form on Saturday, making 10 more clearances than any other player on the pitch by getting rid 17 times as Leeds ran out 2-0 winners over rivals Cardiff.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday night’s EFL Cup third-round tie against Owen Coyle’s Blackburn, Monk was quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Lee Sobot on his personal Twitter account as saying that Jansson “reminds me of myself”.
Monk was a rock during his professional playing career, turning out 251 times for Swansea in all competitions before going on to manage the Welsh giants. He also played for Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton.
Former Malmo defender Jansson has formed a solid partnership with fellow loanee Kyle Bartley at the heart of Leeds’ defence, and was even named in the Championship Team of the Week for his excellent defensive display.
Leeds are set to welcome Blackburn to Elland Road for a second time in seven days, after the Yorkshire giants secured a 2-1 win against Blackburn last Tuesday.
Leeds could make it three wins on the spin but Blackburn will be in better spirits than a week ago, after a 4-2 win against Rotherham secured their first league win of the season.
In other Leeds news, the Yorkshire giants have pleaded guilty to a bung in the sale of Ross McCormack.