Leeds United fans on Twitter were blown away by the performance of centre-back Pontus Jansson in the 1-0 defeat to Birmingham at St Andrew’s on Saturday afternoon.
Thomas Christiansen’s side saw their unbeaten run come to a shock end in the West Midlands when Jacques Maghoma’s 83rd minute goal saw the Championship basement boys earn three points to lift some of the pressure off manager Steve Cotterill.
Leeds looked unable to create anything noteworthy throughout the entire 90 minutes and it was perhaps a fair result in the end as Birmingham won by a slender margin.
Although it was an all-round poor performance by United, fans were thoroughly impressed by Jansson’s display in the heart of the defence.
One impressed supporter even claimed that Leeds can “expect bid of £100million” for the Sweden international, if Virgil van Dijk’s £75million price-tag is anything to go by.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Shocking performance today apart from the colossus that is @PJansson5 Bet we couldn’t even pass urine today, never mind the ball. No intensity, desire or closing down. Defended TC all season but can’t defend that. Away fans should have their tickets refunded. Dire #lufc
— David Eddy (@sonofedd) December 30, 2017
— Dan Jones (@DanielAlanJones) December 30, 2017
if Virgil van Dijk worth 75mil we can expecy bid of 100mil for Jansson #mot
— Andy Marsh (@andysallwhite) December 30, 2017
Keep hold of Saiz and Jansson any of the others could go and I wouldn’t lose sleep #lufc
— Gary (@GazzaF83) December 30, 2017
Saiz and Jansson don’t deserve this… #lufc
— Sam (@VersatileVurnon) December 30, 2017
TC needs to show Coops a video of Jansson in this game, pick up a few tips like #LUFC
— The Chris Knowles (@TheChrisKnowles) December 30, 2017
Poor first half. Pablo played us into trouble on few occasions. Cbicki not offering a lot and our decision making has been poor. However shining light as always…Jansson #lufc
— Damien Sheperson (@ShepJenko) December 30, 2017
We’re playing awful here, but Cooper and Jansson been excellent this half #lufc
— Ryan Digings ????????♂️ (@KidArafan) December 30, 2017
Jansson has been ever-present for Leeds this season, making 22 appearances across all competitions and scoring two goals in the process.
The Sun on Sunday (print edition, page 61, 24 December) has recently claimed that Southampton are interested in signing the 26-year-old defender in January as a replacement to Liverpool-bound van Dijk.
Andrea Radrizzani better hope that one fan was right about that £100million bid.