BBC pundit: Monk got this Leeds selection wrong, it was strange
By Alex Stevens
Noel Whelan has revealed he would have recalled Pontus Jansson to the Leeds starting XI for their 1-0 Championship defeat to Reading on Saturday.
The Yorkshire giants’ seven-match unbeaten run came to an end as they fell to a deserved loss at the Madejski Stadium against their fellow promotion hopefuls.
A superb first-half strike from Yann Kermorgant was enough to secure the three points in a match totally dominated by Jaap Stam’s side.
One of the main talking points surrounded the omission of Pontus Jansson, who did not even make the matchday 18.
For the second consecutive match, Liam Cooper was named by Garry Monk in the starting XI alongside mainstay Kyle Bartley.
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Jansson took to Twitter before the match to claim that a hamstring injury was the reason for his absence from the squad.
But BBC pundit Whelan is convinced Leeds would have been better served by starting the Swede, who has had an outstanding debut season for the promotion hopefuls.
“I probably would have brought Jansson back in,” Whelan told the BBC Leeds live matchday blog (Saturday, 5.10pm) before kick-off. “It’s strange that he’s put himself out with the hamstring, but it’s probably something innocent.”
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Cooper had been controversially preferred to a fit and available Jansson for Leeds’ 2-0 win against Brighton before the international break.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.