EXCLUSIVE

Danny Mills has compared Leeds United’s Pontus Jansson to fellow Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he criticises the defender’s over-emotional approach to the game.

The former Elland Road and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that the 28-year-old centre back has found himself too wrapped up in trying to be the centre of attention and that he needs to focus on being a consistent defender first and foremost.

Speculation has been rife over the centre back’s future, with reports claiming that the Swedish star could be on the move to Brentford this summer.

Mills insists that the potential for Jansson to be a “very good” player is there but his behaviour on the pitch let him down, comparing his attitude to Ibrahimovic.

He told Football Insider: “Pontus is a good player and could be a very good player if he concentrates on playing footballer. I think he’s tried a little bit too hard in the past to be fans’ favourite, to try and ramp things up. We’ve seen that detracts from what he tries to do.

“As a defender it’s all about being calm, being reliable. Centre forwards you can get away with being a bit flamboyant, a bit extravagant at times. You wouldn’t want Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) as a centre half, would you? 

“Being a defender is all about reliability, predictability and I think maybe Jansson has just overstepped that mark.”

Jansson has featured 120 times for Leeds since arriving at Elland Road from Torino, with 41 of those appearances coming last season.

He found himself at the heart of a number of controversies during the 2018/19 campaign, including launching a rant including profanity towards match officials live on Sky Sports.

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