Best news of 2018 for Leeds fans as key player drops huge Twitter hint amid transfer speculation
COMMENT By Richard Parks
As Pontus Jansson admitted in a typically open and honest Twitter message late on Saturday night, it has been a ‘dark” opening quarter of 2018 at Leeds United.
Wretched results and mediocre performances had left the club’s play-off dream in tatters and supporters and owner raging.
But a gorgeous spring day not only yielded a much-needed Yorkshire derby win against Barnsley but also a huge hint from Leeds’ star player that he intends to stick around next season.
Jansson’s future is in serious doubt following a campaign that has fallen well below expectations and amid speculation he is wanted by Premier League clubs in the summer transfer window.
The man himself has kept his powder dry in recent times but took to his personal social media account late following the cathartic victory versus the Tykes to express his delight at the team returning to winning ways and to talk of how things must be improved in 2018-19.
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The Swedish centre-back, who was restored to the starting XI after missing the defeat against Aston Villa due to injury, revealed it was “fantastic to be back and help my team get winning again” following what “has been a dark 2018”.
Jansson also strongly suggested he intends to remain at Leeds beyond the summer by stating the win was “nice” but “we have to show results next season”.
Fantastic to be back and help my team get winning again! Than nice to visit the LUDO event and meet up with nice people! Has been a dark 2018, at least nice with some positive things before we have to show results next season! Thanks for today! pic.twitter.com/UALLWvS0OF
— Pontus Jansson (@PJansson5) April 21, 2018
Few footballers are as honest in their personal pronouncements as Jansson, whose heart-on-the-sleeve style of play has made him a huge favourite among Leeds supporters since he joined in the summer of 2016, initially on loan.
The centre-back’s second campaign has not lived up to the sky-high heights of his first as the Swede has been affected by the wretched plummet in form and confidence of those around him.
But the Sweden international is the club’s outstanding player and prize asset, and they are bound to suffer if he is prised away during the summer window.
It appears Jansson’s intention is to extend his spell at Leeds into a third season and spearhead the club’s bid to achieve their holy grail of promotion back to the top-flight after a decade-and-a-half in the doldrums.
Much can change during the summer, when Jansson will be at the World Cup with Sweden and surrounded by elite players of ambition and hunger.
Leeds fans’ can’t get above themselves quite yet where their giant defender is concerned, but his hint he is staying is the best news yet of a grim start to 2018.