Leeds first teamer is not a happy bunny ahead of Reading clash
COMMENT By Alex Stevens
There is almost a cast-iron guarantee that one of the major talking points at Garry Monk’s press conference on Monday will be the condition of Pontus Jansson.
The iconic centre-back had a frustrating night on Friday as 10-man Leeds slipped to a 2-0 defeat after being robbed of a player for 67 minutes.
Jansson was substituted in the 88th minute for Liam Cooper, the man he has replaced in the starting XI in recent months, and did not look a happy bunny as he trudged off the pitch.
There were reports that he wore an equally thunderous expression when he left the AMEX Stadium as thoughts turned from the blip in the team’s surge to the play-off spots to Tuesday’s league clash against Reading.
Monk offered little in the way of insight about the Swede international on Friday night. Asked if Jansson came off injured, the manager could not clarify the Swede’s condition, only to say that he was always going to be substituted, presumably because he was on a yellow card.
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The 25-year-old on-loan Torino defender has barely put a foot wrong since his summer move and the fans have taken to him more than any other player in recent years.
At Brighton, his adoring fans in the away end sang his name over the “gave it to someone special” line to Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’.
Until Monk offers assurances about the defender, who suffered serious knee problems for two years before joining Leeds, there will be concern among supporters about how he is shaping up ahead of Tuesday’s showdown at Elland Road.