By Amir Mir

Pontus Jansson has praised his defensive partner Kyle Bartley after Leeds moved into the play-offs following their 3-2 win over Norwich on Saturday.

The 25-year-old centre-back registered his first goal for Garry Monk’s side at the weekend as they made a firm claim for promotion to the Premier League this season.

Jansson headed in Leeds’ second as their triumph over the Canaries saw the Yorkshire giants win for a ninth time in just 12 league and cup encounters.

The Sweden international has built a strong partnership with teammate Bartley at the heart of the defence, including keeping five clean sheets in their last 12 fixtures.

Jansson was full of praise for the on-loan Premier League player as he described the four main strengths of the stand-in captain.

“We have a good partnership,” Jansson told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “He is really good for me and I think that I am good for him.

“He’s strong and we are actually quite similar players – he is also good with the ball, he’s big but also fast. He’s a really good player.

“But also Luke [Ayling] and Chaz [Taylor] are players that we have to talk about and when we talk about the defence I think we have to talk about the whole team.

“It is not only our four at the back. It is also the midfielders and the strikers; they run a lot to make it easier for us.”

The on-loan Torino defender has made 12 Championship and EFL Cup appearances for Monk’s side this term and has been an instant hit with supporters.

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.

In other Leeds team news,  Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has provided his verdict on the Whites promotion hopes this season.