By Richard Parks
Carlton Palmer has suggested to Proper Sport that Leeds United could sell Pontus Jansson if he shines at the World Cup in the summer.
The former Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds midfielder has claimed that the defender has “not covered himself in glory” this season but is one of the club’s most bankable assets.
The Sweden international defender recently hinted to Swedish publication Expressen that he will consider his future at Elland Road at the end of the season following discussions with club chiefs.
This has not gone down well with Palmer, who has claimed that Leeds could look to sell Jansson, 27, in the summer transfer window after the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
“I think, to be fair, if I was him, I would have kept my mouth shut,” Palmer told Proper Sport about Jansson. “I think he is a decent player. He certainly hasn’t had a great season.
“He hasn’t covered himself in any glory, so if you are a Leeds United supporter and you are listening to him saying that – one of the highest-paid players at the club, just signed a new five-year contract, you would be disappointed.
“Maybe Leeds United might be looking and saying, ’Well, if he has a decent World Cup, we can move him on. Maybe we will move you on’.”
Football Insider verdict:
If Leeds’ ulterior motive to handing Jansson a five-year deal last October was to protect the value of their asset ahead of a mega-money summer sale, then there will be more than a tinge of disappointment in the boardroom that the Swede’s second season has not lived up to his first. Jansson has still been one of Leeds’ better players, but he is unlikely to be named in the Championship team of the year, as he was 12 months ago. United, sold Chris Wood for around £15million last August, and might have reckoned they could get similar, or even more, for their giant centre-back, given how long is left on his contract. That is unlikely. Jansson has not been up to that standard.
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