By Harvey Byrne
Noel Whelan hailed the performance of defender Pontus Jansson in Leeds’ 2-0 victory over Cardiff on Saturday.
The on-loan defender, 25, was the stand-out player as Garry Monk’s side eased their way to a comfortable win and Whelan believes that the defender should be handed a permanent deal at the club.
Jansson played the full 90 minutes, starting in defence alongside fellow loanee Kyle Bartley as goals from Pablo Hernandez and Chris Wood ensured Leeds a second successive victory.
Former Leeds player, Whelan was clearly impressed with the performance of Jansson and he named the defender as the outstanding player at the Cardiff City Stadium.
“Pontus Jansson was my man of the match. All day long,” wrote Whelan in his column for the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“The ball was like a magnet to his head and every ball that was in the box he cleared and got the first connection on.
“With Kyle Bartley next to him as well, you have got two solid, aggressive defenders and that’s what we have always needed.
“Jansson is going about it the right way to get himself a permanent contract at Leeds because I think he has been a world of good for the club. And he is going to get better.
“This was only his third league game and he just commands it. He looks the part, he’s solid, he’s good on the floor with the ball and he’s a leader. You can see that. He gets the fans going, he wants the team to do well and he just gives us that solid backbone of a team that we need at the heart of the defence.”
Jansson moved to Elland Road in a loan deal from Serie A side Torino in the summer.
Following the move the Sweden international revealed that there was a clause in the move stating that if he featured in 20 matches, Leeds would make his transfer a permanent one.
He has so far featured in four encounters for the club in all competitions and Jansson looks to have become a key part in Monk’s defence.
Leeds currently have just three senior centre-backs in their side following the departure of Sol Bamba, offering the opportunity for Jansson to get plenty of game time in the side.
In other Leeds team news, Jansson made 17 clearances during Leeds’ 2-0 victory against Cardiff on Saturday afternoon.