Noel Whelan has tipped Pontus Jansson to quit Leeds United this summer in a £10million move – and suggested Norwich City and Sheffield United are in the running to land him.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker and Championship expert is convinced the Sweden international is heading out of Elland Road after the club’s play-off heartache.
Jansson was described earlier this week as Leeds’ best player this season by Marcelo Bielsa but played no part in the play-off semi double header against Derby County due to an ankle injury.
Whelan believes Premier League clubs will be eyeing the centre-back, 28, but is not certain the player can thrive at that elevated level.
“I think Jansson will leave and possibly for around the £10million mark,” he told Football Insider. “I’m sure some Premier League clubs might take a chance on him, some of the lowers ones or the teams that have just gone up (Norwich and Sheffield United).
“Personally, I don’t think he is Premier League quality. Yes, he plays for Sweden. But too many Premier League forwards will pick at his weaknesses.
“He will struggle in the Premier League. I’m sure he will get an opportunity to move and I definitely think he will be leaving the club.”
Jansson joined Leeds from Torino initially on loan in the summer of 2016 before sealing a permanent transfer for £3million a year later.
He has made 120 Whites appearances across three seasons and has a contract that runs until the summer of 2022.