Danny Mills has slammed Pontus Jansson for trying to be a Leeds United hero rather than concentrating on just being a top player.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former United defender accused the Sweden international of playing to the Elland Road crowd with his behaviour.
Jansson has been a cult hero of the Leeds faithful since arriving, initially on loan, from Torino in the summer of 2016 for his wholeheartedness and diehard commitment.
But Mills is concerned that the centre-back crosses a line between wearing his heart on his sleeve and playing to the gallery.
“Pontus divides opinion at times, he’s a good player, needs to concentrate on playing,” Mills said. “Sometimes gets a little bit too wound up with the crowd, wants to be the hero and all those sort of things.
“Elland Road is a ferocious place to be at times, he wants to whip the crowd into an even bigger frenzy. He just needs to concentrate on being a player first and foremost.
“Be a good player and let people appreciate that.”
Jansson was in the spotlight in Leeds’ explosive encounter with Aston Villa last Sunday when he was alone among the home side’s players in defying Marcelo Bielsa’s instructions to allow the visitor to walk in an equaliser in the controversial
Asked if the defender’s actions will cause a rift with Bielsa, Mills told Football Insider: “No, I don’t think there will be because of everything that was going on in the heat of the moment, I think that will be dealt with, that will be taken care of. I don’t think that will be a problem at all.”
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