By Danny Wright
Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen has revealed that his decision to axe Pontus Jansson from the starting line-up at Bristol City on Saturday was a tactical one.
Jansson, 26, had admitted that he was in a poor run of form prior to the clash at Ashton Gate this wekeend, which the Whites won 3-0 in his absence thanks to goals from Samu Saiz, who netted twice, and Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
Matthew Pennington was drafted in to replace Jansson next to Liam Cooper in defence, in a move that caught many fans off-guard, even though the Sweden international confessed he wasn’t playing well.
Despite it seeming like the towering centre-back was axed because of his form, Christiansen revealed in his post-match press conference on Saturday, as shown on Radio Yorkshire’s official Twitter account, that it was simply down to tactics.
When asked why he dropped Jansson, the Elland Road boss simply replied: “Tactical decision.”
Christiansen was also probed about his decision to start Ronaldo Vieira for the first-team in the Championship this season, which he also claimed to be a tactical choice.
“That was perhaps the moment for him to come in,” he added.
“As I have said before, he has had some problems.
“He has been working well.”
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Christiansen decision to switch things up certainly worked as Leeds ended a three-game losing streak to beat an in-form Bristol City side that had not lost since the opening day of the campaign.
Thanks to the three points, United leapfrogged the Robins into fourth place in the standings and now look set to revive the form that they had lost prior to their recent poor run.
In other Leeds United news, Whites owner Andrea Radrizzani has slammed the club’s fans after the win at Ashton Gate.