Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has thanked his manager Thomas Christiansen for dropping him against Bristol City earlier in the season, as it helped him get his season back on track.
The 26-year-old scored his second goal of the season as the Whites beat Norwich City 1-0 in the Championship at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.
The defender was dropped from the side for the 3-0 win over Bristol City at Ashton Gate on October 21, after a run of poor results had seen the team slide down the Championship table.
However, Christiansen’s side have now won four of their last six league matches, a run which has seen them climb to seventh place in the table, just one point outside of the play-off places.
The Whites’ resurgence has coincided with a number of impressive performance from Jansson, who now scored in back-to-back home matches.
The enforcer thanked Christiansen for dropping him, as it helped him overcome his loss of form.
“He’s the type of person who’s been good for me,” Jansson said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“When I wasn’t in my best shape he took me away (out of the team) and I respected it 100 per cent.
“It was like a wake-up call so I worked even harder on the training ground. It was a wake-up call for me to really understand that now I have to step up.
“After that I’ve been better in every game and in training. I really respect him.”
Jansson was a key player for the Whites under Garry Monk last season, scoring three goals in 34 Championship appearances.
He signed a five-year contract in October, extending his stay at Elland Road until 2022, after he made his loan move from Torino permanent in the summer.
Leeds face Hull City in their next Championship game on Saturday, knowing a win would see them spend Christmas day in a play-off spot.
In other Leeds United news, here are the Leeds player ratings from the game against Norwich on Saturday.