By Dominic Toner

Ian Holloway has named Leeds defender Pontus Jansson in his Championship team of the season so far.

Holloway has named one Whites player in his team after their impressive start in the Championship, with the Yorkshire club current sixth-placed in the table and occupying the final play-off position.

Swedish centre-back Jansson has been crucial to the club’s success and made a great impression since his summer arrival.

The 25-year-old has become a firm favourite at Elland Road since he joined from Italian side Torino in the summer on a season-long loan deal.

Current Sky Sports pundit Holloway has praised the impact of Jansson and hailed him as a strong character.

“I haven’t seen Jansson put a foot wrong at Leeds yet,” Holloway told Sky Sports. “He defends his box with great authority as shown by his average of 9.2 clearances per game in a much improved Leeds team under Garry Monk.

“I’m so pleased to see the Leeds fans enjoying themselves again – they never turned their back on the club and with strong characters like Jansson in the team, they could achieve great things this season.”

Holloway also named representatives from Newcastle, Brighton, Huddersfield, Reading, Fulham and Bristol City in his starting XI.

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Jansson has made 11 appearances in all competitions for Leeds and is a regular starter under manager Garry Monk.

He has forged a commanding partnership alongside Kyle Bartley in defence and helped the club climb the table into the play-off places.

The Whites face table toppers Newcastle after the international break and will hope to show their credentials as promotion candidates, with Jansson likely to face the league’s current top scorer Dwight Gayle who has 11 goals.

In other Leeds news, the club’s midfielder faces an uphill task after his international call-up.