By Alex Stevens

Pontus Jansson has claimed he has such a great relationship with the Leeds fans because he is simply being himself.

The on-loan Torino defender has developed a cult status during his short spell at Elland Road for his buccaneering style of play.

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.

Garry Monk’s side secured their fifth victory in six matches, and their fourth from five league encounters, after beating Barnsley 2-1 on Saturday.

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.

Jansson subsequently addressed his relationship with the Leeds supporters.

“I am really happy that the fans like me,” Jansson told the Yorkshire Post. “But I don’t know why. I am just playing my type of game, I have not played like this to make them like me. It is just how I am.

“I like to attack the ball, I like to fight and do everything for my team. At the end, the ball was coming to my head like a magnet.

“Football is more and more like a business, but you also have to go on the pitch and have fun. That is important and why it is great to have a relationship with the fans.”

Jansson 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.

The Swede played the full 90 minutes of the win over Barnsley after recovering from a hamstring problem sustained last week, 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.

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.