By Alex Stevens

Garry Monk has revealed that he first spotted the potential of Pontus Jansson when the Leeds defender was playing for Malmo against Swansea in the Europa League.

Leeds manager Monk was still in the Swans ranks as a player when his former club took on the Swedish giants in the European competition in August 2013.

Ex-defender Monk, who was an unused substitute as Swansea drew 0-0 against Jansson’s Malmo, was impressed by the performance of the giant centre-back.

“I was on the bench that night and I always watched players in my position,” said Monk on Saturday night after Leeds’ 2-1 win over Barnsley, as quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay on his personal Twitter account. “I remember thinking that he looked good.”

Monk’s side secured their fifth victory in six matches, and their fourth from five league encounters, after overcoming their Yorkshire rivals at Elland Road.

Goals from defender Kyle Bartley and playmaker Pablo Hernandez were enough to secure the three points and lift Leeds into the top half of the Championship table for the first time this season.

On-loan Jansson has emerged as a  key member of Leeds’ team during their excellent recent run after leapfrogging Liam Cooper in the centre-back pecking order at Elland Road.

He delivered another colossal display on Saturday as Monk’s team climbed into the top half of the Championship table for the first time this season.

Speaking on his personal Twitter account in the aftermath of the win over Barnsley, Jansson hailed “another good win and a brilliant month” but claimed it was “just the beginning” for the Yorkshire giants.

The Swede played the full 90 minutes of the win over Barnsley after recovering from a hamstring problem sustained in midweek, and which had made him a doubt ahead of the match.

Fans took to social media to give their verdicts on Jansson’s immense display at the back against Barnsley.

Manager Monk had named an unchanged side for the third match in a row for the clash against the Tykes.

Barnsley are still ahead of Leeds in the table on goal difference but Monk’s side are now 11th after increasing their points haul in the campaign to 16.

In other Leeds team news, this is what Sky pundit Ian Holloway predicted ahead of the team’s clash against Barnsley.