Nilsson: This Leeds star is definitely good enough to play in the Premier League
By Harvey Byrne
Pontus Jansson’s former manager Roland Nilsson believes that the on-loan Leeds star is good enough to play in the Premier League.
The 25-year-old centre-back moved to Elland Road on a season-long loan deal in the summer and has become an instant hit at the famous club.
Starring in 13 fixtures, it was was claimed in the summer that Leeds were contractually obliged to buy him if he made 20 appearances.
However, his performances will have caught the eye of several top flight team’s and Leeds may have to move quickly to secure the Sweden international’s signature.
One person who believes Jansson can do it in England’s top division is former Malmo boss Nilsson, who worked with the centre-back for two years between 2009 and 2011.
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“I definitely think he can play in the Premier League because he works hard and he wants to get better,” said Nilsson to Sky Sports. “He’s shown everyone at Leeds he can do it there and I think he can do it in the Premier League.”
Leeds are currently on course to make the Premier League themselves.
The Yorkshire giants have won four of their last five league matches and currently occupy fifth place in the league table.
The club are looking to bring an end to a 12-year wait for top flight football, but the club does have recent bad memories of the Championship play-offs.
Leeds met an Aidy Boothroyd led Watford side at the Millennium Stadium in the final in 2006.
The Hornets ran out emphatic 3-0 victors with goals from Jay Demerit, Darius Henderson and a Neil Sullivan own goal.
Were Leeds to suffer the same fate they would be in danger of losing on loan stars Jansson, Kyle Bartley, Hadi Sacko and Pablo Hernandez.
In other Leeds news, a Sky Sports pundit has predicted the Whites’ clash against Liverpool.