Pontus Jansson has launched an extraordinary attack on former manager Thomas Christiansen over his treatment of Swedish striker Pawel Cibicki.
The 24-year-old striker who signed from Malmo in the summer for £1.5million has had a pretty wretched season, making just seven Championship appearances.
And Jansson has said that it’s “sick” how his teammate has been treated, although he was quick to point out that he wasn’t putting any blame onto current manager Paul Heckingbottom.
Talking to Swedish outlet fotbollskanelen, Jansson said: “I think it’s pretty sick. We won four or five matches when he started and he did well, but later he did not play anymore.
“It’s the boring part of the football world with a lot of politics. I try to help Pawel every day and keep him in good mood.
“He did well when he played and he deserves more, but then I can understand the new coach who may not have seen Pawel so much.”
Football Insider verdict:
Pontus Jansson has kept off social media since he got himself dropped after admitting he wasn’t playing very well. And he’d be advised not to say things like this in public. He doesn’t explicitly say who’s to blame for the perceived ill-treatment of Cibicki but by clearing Heckingbottom he makes it pretty clear where he thinks the blame lies. However, look at the stats and he does seem to have a point. Cibicki didn’t play in the Championship until December, then Leeds won four on the bounce with him in the side. He was subbed during the 1-0 defeat against Birmingham and has only played 30 minutes of league football since. He hasn’t appeared in the Championship under Heckingbottom and he should surely be given a chance to shine before the end of the season.
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