Jansson must avoid doing this: Three things we learned about Leeds in victory against Aston Villa
COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Leeds’ 2-0 victory against Aston Villa in the Championship on Saturday.
Leeds’ chance of promotion increases
Leeds beat one of the strongest squads on paper in the Championship and now promotion has become a real possibility for the Yorkshire giants. Despite Aston Villa’s 15th placing in the league table, they were unbeaten under manager Steve Bruce with four wins and three draws in the seven matches he had taken charge of. They also spent plenty of money in the summer and were one of the favourites to win promotion with their assembled squad. However, the win for Leeds has now left them in fourth place and two points from seventh. Leeds have won five of their last six Championship matches and now promotion is a very realistic target as the midway point approaches.
Pontus Jansson must avoid needless bookings
The 25-year-old centre-back missed the club’s last league encounter against Rotherham following his fifth booking, which he received following dissent against Newcastle. He returned to the back line against Aston Villa, having also missed the midweek clash against Liverpool in the EFL Cup. In a near flawless display, Jansson received another avoidable booking on Saturday evening for a shocking dive someway in Villa’s half. He must stop presenting the referee with opportunities to book him, as he’s a key player for Leeds. After 10 bookings he will miss two games, which could see him out of some key clashes.
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Sacko must be signed permanently in January
The 22-year-old Frenchman was a constant threat to the Villa defence and he got the better of £9million signing Jordan Amavi down the right side of the pitch on numerous occasions. The left-back is considered one of the best full-backs in the Championship and Sacko proved that he has more than enough to take on the best. He is currently on loan from Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon, but Leeds must act quickly to secure his signing, as he has the potential to become a good attacker in the Premier League.
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