By Will Butcher
Andy Ritchie has urged Pontus Jansson to play his normal game, despite being one yellow card away from a disastrous three-match ban.
Jansson, 25, picked up his 14th yellow card of the season during the 1-1 draw against Newcastle last time out, and is now only one caution away from a three-match ban for 15 yellow cards.
Former Leeds star Ritchie instructed defender Jansson to continue to play as if there was no ban looming over him, with the Sweden ace included in Leeds’ starting eleven against Wolves.
“Pontus Jansson obviously got booked again against Newcastle and one more yellow card would mean a three-game ban,” Ritchie told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“I don’t think you can tell him to do anything in terms of avoiding a yellow card or getting one. I wouldn’t even talk to him about it because he’s got to be himself, it’s got to be from himself and if somebody is going through and they are going to score then you have to do what you have got to do.
“It’s not something that you should have in your head that you can’t tackle, because, as a defender, you know that you are going to have to do that.”
Jansson has been named alongside Kyle Bartley in the starting line-up to face Wolves on Saturday, with fans even calling for the Torino loanee to get booked on purpose.
That would see him miss three games of Leeds’ 46 Championship outings with three to play, but would make him available for the play-offs should the Whites finish in the top six.
Leeds will look for a repeat of the reverse fixture back in October that saw Wolves score an own goal to see the Midlands outfit lose 1-0.
In other Leeds news, a reliable journalist has revealed a transfer clause in this senior ace’s contract.