Noel Whelan has insisted Leeds United fans want Pontus Jansson to “fall flat on his face” when he makes return to Elland Road for Brentford tomorrow night.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker does not expect the Sweden international to get an easy ride as he makes his return just a month-and-a-half after his shock exit.
Marcelo Bielsa has claimed Jansson was sold for £5.5million to Brentford due to Leeds’ need to comply with financial fair play.
It was a transfer that rocked the Elland Road faithful at the time, although the club’s impressive start to the new season has cooled the heat around the controversial switch.
Whelan does not expect Leeds supporters to be accomodating to a player who was a terrace hero during his three seasons at the club.
“It is a strange one, with Pontus Jansson coming back so early in the season,” Whelan told Football Insider. “I don’t think Leeds and the fans will see Jansson as different to any other opposing player.
“Once the whistle goes, the fans will want him to fall flat on his face. That’s the way it is. He’s a Brentford player and Ben White has taken on his old position and is doing really well.”