From unknown to household name: Leeds 25-year-old is 2016 player of the year
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Football Insider names the Leeds player of the year for 2016.
Pontus Jansson is our Leeds’ player of the year after a blistering start to his Elland Road career following a loan move from Serie A outfit Torino.
The 25-year-old defender has been in supreme form for the Yorkshire giants this season, as Garry Monk’s side defy pre-season expectations to sit in a lofty fifth position in the Championship table.
With Leeds lacking in consistency towards the end of last season under Steve Evans and 11 new signings made by Monk this summer, it is tough to choose any of the 2015-16 intake for the standout performer at Elland Road in the calendar year.
Already a fan favourite with the Elland Road crowd after a stunning start to life in Yorkshire, on-loan defender Jansson has gone from virtual unknown in the summer to household name. Certainly in households of those of a Leeds persuasion.
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Showing class when in possession that is head and shoulders above other Championship centre-backs, Jansson has endeared himself to fans with a number of last-ditch tackles and willingness to put his body on the line.
Eight clean sheets in his 17 league and cup appearances this season has seen him become one of the Championship’s signings of the 2016-17 season so far.
Alongside Kyle Bartley, Jansson has flourished as his emergence into the Leeds side has seen Monk’s outfit go from early relegation candidates to a side challenging for automatic promotion.
Swedish outlet Skanesport reported in October that the Championship big hitters to buy Jansson permanently if he makes 20 appearances for the team due to a clause in his contract.
Just three games away from that stage, Leeds could be about to see a lot more of their Sweden international.