Jansson compares Christiansen tactics to 16-17, claims Monk had massive reliance on one Leeds player (not Wood)
By Harry Sykes
Pontus Jansson has insisted that Leeds United have far more tactical variety under new manager Thomas Christiansen.
The Yorkshire giants have begun the season in some style after a massive revamp of the team that challenged strongly for promotion last season before a final-month collapse resulted in a seventh-place finish.
Leeds are unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions, with their six league fixtures culminating in Saturday’s 5-0 demolition of Burton Albion that lifted them to second in the Championship table.
Jansson explained how the sale of Chris Wood and the arrival of the likes of Samuel Saiz, Pierre-MIchel Lasogga and Ezgjan Alioski have given the team far more attacking possibilities and limited the reliance on Pablo Hernandez to create the play.
Intriguingly, the Swedish defender also explained the limitations of the team assembled on a shoestring budget by ex-boss Garry Monk.
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“This year we’ve got a lot of options in offence,” Jansson told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “We can change players. Alioski has been one of the best players this season but was on the bench and yet we scored five goals. Wood was a good target (man) but now we have other players with other qualities.
“We work hard in training during the week with Thomas about how we should attack and how we should defend. Much more time is spent on that than last year.
“A lot had to go through Pablo last season because he was one of the best players in the league but like me, when I have the ball, I have many more options to find a team-mate. That makes it easier.”
Lasogga scored twice on a memorable debut on Saturday, supplemented by goals from Kalvin Phillips, Kemar Roofe and Hernandez.
Leeds are next in action when they host Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham at Elland Road on Tuesday night.