By Will Butcher
Goalkeeper Rob Green has described Leeds cult hero Pontus Jansson as “the pogo man on a stick.”
The Sweden international has been the Yorkshire giants’ stand-out player during an impressive run of five wins in six league and cup encounters.
Speaking to Leeds’ official website, Green heaped praise on his 25-year-old teammate, before stating that he was vital for both team morale and a focal point for fans.
“The pogo man on a stick! He’s a character and someone you need in this league,” Green told Leeds’ official website. “The beauty of Pontus and Kyle (Bartley) is they are so tall, so strong, so dominant that they are going to win their fair share of headers.
“Pontus is certainly a character and he’s really galvanised the fans and been a focal point for them which for the rest of us is great.”
Jansson, currently on loan from Serie A side Torino, has made seven league and cup appearances for Monk’s side this season. With the 6ft 5in colossus in the side, Leeds have conceded just four goals, keeping three clean sheets.
Formerly of Malmo, Jansson is one of the first names on the Leeds teamsheet and is likely to start alongside Bartley as Monk takes his side to the iPro Stadium to face Derby on Saturday.
A sixth win in seven games could see Leeds move to within touching distance of the Championship playoffs, as they look to profit from a struggling Derby side.
Jansson is currently on his way back from international duty with Sweden, after failing to make an appearance in both of their 2018 World Cup qualifying wins against Bulgaria and Luxembourg.