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5th Mar, 2017 | 10:11pm

Forget Jansson: This Leeds ace is the most crucial player to Garry Monk as the play-offs loom

COMMENT by Amir Mir

Pontus Jansson is currently sitting on 13 yellow cards for Leeds, a dangerous situation for the centre-back to be in considering there are 11 games of the Championship season remaining.

If the Elland Road favourite were to pick up a further two more bookings then he will find himself on the sidelines for three matches.

This could prove to be pivotal for Garry Monk and his side because it could result in Jansson missing key fixtures which could possibly include their play-off encounters.

At this moment in time, the Whites are sitting in fourth place, knowing a strong finish will more than likely see them clinch a top six spot.

With the likes of Brighton, Reading and Newcastle still to come, losing Jansson could be crucial but supporters should not worry.

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In striker Chris Wood, they have a player who is more crucial to Monk than any other player in that Leeds dressing room.

The 25-year-old ace currently sits top of the scoring charts in the second tier with 22 goals and that number continuing to rise will be important to the club’s end of season finish.

Over the course of the campaign, you have to find a balance in attack and defence to succeed.

However, with 11 games remaining, Monk’s side can treat their final set of fixtures as cup finals where they would take any type of winning scoreline.

Outscoring their opponents from now is perhaps the best way for the Yorkshire club to push themselves over the line and Wood will be pivotal to that.

In other Leeds news, Pontus Jansson omitted, these three players would be the first names on the teamsheet if they are promoted.

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