Noel Whelan has insisted Leeds United’s dressing room is rid of egos and big heads following the sale of Pontus Jansson this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the-ex Leeds forward had a dig at the Sweden international’s conduct before he was sold to Brentford for £5.5million.
Marcelo Bielsa has spoken generously of Jansson, 28, since his exit, describing him as the team’s outstanding player last season, but Whelan has been less warm in his appraisal of a player he felt created issues behind the scenes.
The lifelong Leeds fan, who covers all the club’s matches as a radio pundit, pointed out the difference in the dressing room following Jansson’s departure.
“There doesn’t seem to be any arrogance or big-headed players at the football club anymore,” Whelan told Football Insider. “You can see everyone is buying into Bielsa’s methods and pushing each other to improve.
“You’ve got someone like Pablo Hernandez, the oldest player in the team, setting a brilliant example and a genuine star like Helder Costa doing his bit off the ball even though he is not starting at the moment.
“That tells me the dressing room is united and everyone is pulling in the same direction. That wasn’t always the case when Jansson was there, who was a bit of an egomaniac and wanted attention all the time.
“Getting rid of the big heads and big egos can only help the team reach its goals.”
Leeds have begun the season in sparkling form, accumulating 13 points from their first five league matches to top the Championship table.
They have also qualified for the second round of the League Cup after defeating Salford City a fortnight ago.
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