By Will Butcher
Pontus Jansson has revealed that self-confidence has been the key to Leeds’ fantastic run of form.
The Sweden international has been an integral figure of Garry Monk’s side this season, and even got his name on the score sheet for the first time against Norwich on Saturday.
Jansson headed in Leeds’ second, as their 3-2 triumph over the Canaries saw the Yorkshire giants win for a ninth time in just 12 league and cup encounters and now sit in the Championship playoffs.
With fans dreaming of a Premiership return, Jansson revealed that his new side must continue to believe in themselves if they want to maintain their lofty position.
“I think that we have to keep believing in ourselves,” Jansson told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“Maybe people outside are thinking that Leeds is not a team for the play-offs but I don’t think like that, we are a team for the play-offs and a team for going up to the Premier League.
“If we keep believing in what we are doing then I think it’s going to be great. But now we have to focus on Newcastle and then the game after Newcastle. We take it one game at a time.”
Jansson and co. host Newcastle in Yorkshire after the international break on November 20, in front of the first sell-out crowd at Elland Road in six years.
The 25-year-old is currently with Sweden’s national side, but is expected to re-assume his position alongside stand-in captain Kyle Bartley against Rafa Benitez’s league leaders.
On loan from Torino, Jansson has been an instant hit both on and off the pitch and has helped keep five clean sheets in 11 league and cup encounters.
In other Leeds news, Graham Dorrans was embarrassed by Leeds’ young guns on Saturday.