Whelan: Leeds stars 'loved' Jansson's 'controversial' new Bielsa comments
Noel Whelan admits Pontus Jansson created an awkward situation after lauding Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa following Brentford’s promotion.
The former Whites hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Jansson should have been hailing his own manager instead.
Speaking moments after winning promotion to the Premier League with the Bees, Jansson spoke to Sky Sports.
"This year so many Leeds fans have been with me – I love Leeds!" 🤍💛
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The Brentford captain claimed he was “so thankful to Bielsa” after what he had done for him at Leeds.
Jansson, 30, left Leeds in 2019 after narrowly missing out on a playoff trip to Wembley.
Whelan insists this was typical from someone like Jansson and admitted some at Leeds will have loved what they heard.
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“It’s a fragile one but that’s Pontus,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“He’s always been that way. He’s outspoken and says things that are a bit controversial.
“Yes, it should have been all about Brentford at that time and what Thomas Frank has done for the team.
“A lot of the praise should have been for him after they got so close last season. But we know Janssen has a relationship with Leeds and the fans.
“I don’t think anyone at Brentford will be too annoyed though I’m sure there were plenty of people and players at Elland Road who loved what they heard.”
Brentford will become the 50th team to play in the Premier League when they get next season underway.
Assuming Jansson stays with the Bees, he will have the chance to return to Elland Road.