By Harvey Byrne
Former Leeds player Noel Whelan has hailed centre-back duo Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley for their displays against Wolves on Saturday.
The Yorkshire giants beat the Midlands side 1-0 at Molineux on Saturday the on loan pair were hailed for helping their side to a clean sheet and victory.
Whelan, who played for Leeds for two years between 1993 and 1995 and still holds an affiliation with the club hailed the two centre-backs as the “standout performers once again” for Garry Monk’s side.
“When we did that in the second half I felt that we controlled it pretty much and, in the end, there were some good performances all round,” wrote Whelan in his column for the Yorkshire Evening Post. “We competed and I think we kind of dominated the second half. For the stand-out performers, I think you have got to look at the two centre-halves once again – Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley. They never really looked troubled.
“They are strong, they are quick, they are dominant and they are the sort of centre-halves that people hate to play against. Now we have got a pair of them and they are honest and we seem to be having an honest side now, and when I say honest I mean hard-working, playing for each other and nobody is going out there to kid anybody and just do enough. They are out there to get the three points and that’s a sign of a manaager that’s bought right, it’s a sign of a manager that is getting the best out of the players and a sign that the players have got the right character to play for Leeds United. And we have got quality in there as well.”
Jansson, 25, joined the club from Serie A side Torino in the summer and has made 10 appearances for the club, which has seen him rise to a fan favourite with his performances.
Meanwhile, Bartley, 25, rejoined Monk on loan from Swansea in the summer and has made 16 appearances scoring two goals, as well as holding the club’s captaincy in Liam Cooper’s absence.
The duo have been key for the club’s recent good form and the Yorkshire giants now sit in 10th place and three points from the play-offs following a slow start to the campaign.