'Get rid' - Exclusive: Whelan urges Leeds to bin £10m-valued player 'if his head isn't right'
Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United to bin Pontus Jansson for £10million this summer if he isn’t fully committed to their promotion pursuit.
Reports yesterday suggested Fulham are interested in signing the Sweden international as they look to secure instant promotion following their single season in the Premier League.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, ex-United striker Whelan, who has previously been critical of Jansson for being selfish, says the club should only keep him if he is totally focused.
Jansson was described as Leeds’ best player at the end of last season by Marcelo Bielsa but Whelan believes this window could represent a good opportunity to cash in on the centre-back.
“It all depends on whether Jansson comes back to pre-season positive, in good nick and happy about another season in the Championship,” Whelan told Football Insider.
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“He needs to come back with a leader kind of attitude. I don’t know what he and his agent have been saying to each other. If he wants to stay and is hungry to perform, great. If not, get rid, let him go and we will pick up players who want to play for Leeds United.
“He has to be fully committed to it. If his head isn’t right, there’s no point.
Jansson joined Leeds for £3million in 2017 after a successful year on loan from Torino and has been a talisman in defence over his three seasons at Elland Road, making 120 appearances in total.
“I think they value him at £10million and there will be probably be a few interested clubs at that price,” Whelan added to Football Insider. “Some people were angry when I criticised Jansson at the end of last season, but I’ve seen him be selfish, and put himself ahead of the team.”