48 hours later, Leeds fans reflect as the Jansson mystery deepens
By Alex Stevens
Leeds fans on Twitter are still speculating as to the real reason why Pontus Jansson was omitted from the team for Saturday’s 2-0 win against Brighton.
The defender’s name was once again on the lips, and fingertips, of the Elland Road faithful after he was named on Monday in the official Championship team of the season.
Jansson, who has gone on international duty with Sweden, was one of two Leeds players in the XI along with the division’s leading scorer Chris Wood.
Supporters are still perplexed why the man voted one of the two outstanding centre-backs in the Championship this season was deemed the wrong selection by Garry Monk against second-placed Brighton in a top-of-the-table clash.
Jansson was benched, Liam Cooper was brought in from the cold to partner Kyle Bartley at the back, and a rejigged defence also missing the suspended Luke Ayling kept another clean sheet to secure a memorable win.
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But some Leeds fans are speculating as to what has gone on behind the scenes to prompt the axe for the Swedish centre-back, while others expressed their desire for him to be reinstated into the starting XI.
There is concern that there could be a bigger issue between manager and player not yet in the public domain,
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter about the deepening Jansson mystery:
Reall interested to see whats going on with jansson, anyone know? #lufc
— #ALAW (@alawMOT18) March 19, 2017
Whatever happens this season Bartley and Jansson need to be our centre back pairing long term! #lufc
— Nick Firth (@NickFirth1983) March 20, 2017
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) March 20, 2017
— Adam Ross (@rossi_on) March 20, 2017
As good as Jansson is and we love him Barltey is more important to the team for me, not sure why Jansson was out but in Monk we trust #lufc
— DavidK (@DavidKershaw7) March 20, 2017
Am I the only one worried about the Pontus Jansson thing? #lufc
— Silvs (@MoodySilvs) March 20, 2017
Imagine Monk putting Jansson on the bench after he was throttled by him. Imagine any freaks believing it. Weirdos galore #lufc
— kirbs (@liammkirby) March 20, 2017
Jansson has started 28 of Leeds’ 38 Championship matches since joining from Torino initially on a season-long loan last summer.
The defender has been such a success for the fourth-placed team that he has agreed to join Leeds on a permanent contract when he loan expires in May.
Leeds’ win over Brighton kept alive their hopes of automatic promotion, although they remain eight points adrift of the second-placed side with eight matches of the campaign remaining.
In other Leeds team news, the Yorkshire giants are in shock talks to sign a Liverpool attacking player.