By Danny Wright

Kalvin Phillips believes that the is a lot more confidence in the Leeds squad after Pontus Jansson and Hadi Sacko turned their loan stays at Elland Road into permanent ones earlier this summer.

Thomas Christiansen and owner Andrea Radrizanni have been extremely busy in padding out the Whites squad since last season ended, but the return of two familiar faces in Jansson and Sacko appear to have the biggest effect on the team.

Swedish centre-back Jansson, 26, was one of the Championship’s leading defenders last term during his temporary spell away from Torino.

Sacko, 23, was on loan at Elland Road from Portuguese giants Sporting CP, but like Jansson he made himself a permanent feature in Yorkshire after penning a three-year deal in June.

Phillips is now in the belief that the Leeds side are in a much better position that they were last term when they failed to secure a spot in the Championship play-off places.

When asked about any improvement, the 21-year-old was quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post as saying: “I believe so. We’ve got all the new signings and Pontus (Jansson) and (Hadi) Sacko too. There’s more confidence in the team knowing that they (Jansson and Sacko) are here permanently and will play week in, week out.”

Jansson earned his first appearance as a permanent Leeds player in the 0-0 draw with Preston on Saturday after being suspended for the first two matches of the season.

Sacko wasn’t in the squad for the clash against Preston but had featured in the wins over Bolton and Port Vale.

In other Leeds news, the Whites have replacements lined up as a Premier League side plots a bid for this key player.

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