Leeds ace Jansson delivers verdict on TOTY selection
By Dominic Toner
Leeds defender Pontus Jansson revealed it’s an “honour” for him to be named in the EFL Team of the Year after a sensational first season in English football.
The 26-year-old is enjoying a brilliant first campaign at Elland Road and has helped the Whites emerge as promotion candidates.
He was named in the Team of the Year alongside teammate Chris Wood, with the pair helping Leeds up to fifth in the Championship table.
The Yorkshire giants are trying to secure their play-off spot in the remaining five matches as they look to return to the Premier League.
Jansson has expressed his delight after receiving recognition for his performances and believes his whole side are the main reason behind his success.
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“That’s really big of course, but that’s also because of my teammates,” Jansson said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account. “If the team doesn’t play good and doesn’t win games then pretty sure I shouldn’t be in that team (of the season).
“The Championship is a good league with a lot of good players. To be one of the two players in that team that’s a big honour for me.”
Jansson has emerged as a crucial player for the Whites this season and built a formidable partnership alongside Kyle Bartley.
The centre-back has been a regular feature in Garry Monk’s starting line-up and has also become very popular with supporters.
He has chipped in with three goals during 32 appearances across all competitions and has demonstrated his commanding defensive style too.
Jansson will hope to inspire Leeds on Friday night as they face a trip away at Newcastle in the Championship.
In other Leeds news, David Prutton has predicted the upcoming league clash against Newcastle.