Why Pontus Jansson faces his biggest Leeds test to date
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Leeds defender Pontus Jansson can expect his toughest challenge of the season when he faces Brighton forward Glenn Murray on Friday night.
The Whites travel to second-placed Brighton for a Championship match and will line up against one of the best strikers in the division.
Murray has settled very quickly since his summer move to the Seagulls and scored 11 goals in just 20 appearances across all competitions.
The 33-year-old has previously scored goals in the Premier League and has bullied defences in the Championship this season.
He will be hopeful of matching his best ever goal return in a season, when he scored 31 times in 45 occasions for Crystal Palace in the 2012/13 campaign.
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Leeds favourite Jansson will relish the battle against Murray, but needs to be wary of the experienced striker.
Jansson has emerged as one of the best defenders in the league following his season-long loan move to Elland Road in the summer transfer window.
The centre-back loves a physical battle and has been the heartbeat of the club’s bid for promotion, with the club currently fourth-placed in the table.
He has been fairly dominant in his individual battles this season, but did struggle against Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle as he scored twice in a 2-0 defeat.
Gayle is certainly one of the best attackers in the league and Murray is set to give Jansson a different problem.
Leeds’ star defender is being tipped to play in the Premier League and Friday’s match will be a great way to measure how good he really is.
In other Leeds news, this first teamer will not be used again in a wide position.