Date: 28th March 2017 at 11:15am
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By Alex Stevens

Ex-Leeds manager Neil Redfearn has claimed there is a “cocky edge” to Pontus Jansson and believes Garry Monk made the right decision to axe him from the team.

The key defender was surprisingly dropped from the starting XI for Leeds’ 2-0 win against Brighton before the international break despite being fit and available.

Monk did not specify the exact reason why Liam Cooper was preferred to Jansson but insisted that his decision was made in the best interests of the team on the day.

Leeds supporters were mystified at the decision to axe Jansson, who on Monday of last week was named as one of two centre-backs in the Sky Bet Championship team of the season.

Former Elland Road boss Redfearn is a big admirer of Jansson but understands why he was demoted if he had stepped out of line.

“I think Jansson has been outstanding this season and he’s an immense talent,” Redfearn explained in his weekly slot on Radio Yorkshire on Friday night.

“But I think there’s a confidence and a cocky edge that comes with him, which comes with all top players and sometimes that can bubble over a little bit.

“It’s not a problem. It just gets nipped in the bud and they move on.

“He’s no different to anyone else. It’s not the Pontus Jansson show. It’s about Leeds United. It’s about the club, about the team.

“Obviously if he’s had that message [to get in line] then fair enough.”

Jansson is currently away with the Sweden national squad and is expected to play in Tuesday night’s friendly against Portugal.

The 26-year-old was in the starting XI for the 4-0 World Cup qualifier win against Belarus last Saturday and will reportedly play 45 minutes of the clash in Portugal.

Leeds are next in action when they travel to play-off rivals Reading for a 5.30pm kick-off next Saturday.

In other Leeds United news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.

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