We think it’s widely accepted that the Pontus Jansson of this season has not been the same Swedish warrior at the back of last season.
But one person who would be perfect for the 27-year-old and help him to recapture his form at Elland Road is Premier League title winner Robert Huth, who is available on a free this summer after Leicester City released him.
While the German may not be up to the fierce rigours of the Premier League week in week out, at 33 he has a couple of years left in him yet and can create a formidable partnership at the back with the Leeds enforcer – one that would improve on the 64 goals conceded this season.
The 33-year-old is a blood and guts type player of the sort that is needed to inject a fierceness into a side, that at times lacks personality.
Jansson can feed off Huth’s wealth of experience and in return, he can pass that on to Matthew Pennington who has come into the side with a greater prominence under Paul Heckingbottom.
The 23-year-old has spent the season on loan at the Whites from Everton and according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, they will attempt to make the move a permanent one.
While Pennington may be the future, football is all about short-term success and if Heckingbottom is in charge next season, he can call on Huth and the Everton loanee at the back alongside Jansson to provide the steal that is needed for the club to progress.
Huth might not be a typical Victor Orta signing, but how well have they worked out in the last year? Huth is a tried-and-tested, no-nonsense, instant solution.
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