By Matt Farr
Leeds defender Pontus Jansson has admitted people were quick to judge him as a likely flop prior to his move to Elland Road.
Jansson, 26, joined Leeds on loan from Torino at the start of the season, and has been a key part of Garry Monk’s side in their bid for promotion to the Premier League.
His impressive displays have earned him a permanent switch to the club in the summer, but Jansson has revealed his initial transfer to Leeds was not particularly well received.
As quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Lee Sobot on his personal Twitter account, Jansson said: “When I arrived (from Torino) last summer, people thought well that it was yet another Italian who came and would flop.”
Jansson: "When I arrived (from Torino) last summer.. People thought well that it was yet another "Italian" who came and would flop" #lufc
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) March 21, 2017
Due to their association with owner Massimo Cellino, Leeds have acquired a number of talents from the Italian football leagues in recent years, but the majority have flopped big time.
The likes of Mirco Antenucci, Giuseppe Bellusci, and Tommaso Bianchi have each passed through the system at Leeds and swiftly been cast aside.
But Jansson has proven to be a rare success story from Leeds’ Italian adventures, making 30 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring three goals.
The Sweden international is a fan favourite at the club, and the Leeds support will be keen to see what he and their side can achieve if they win promotion to the Premier League for next season.
In other Leeds news, fans have reacted on Twitter as their promotion bid is put on hold.