Pontus Jansson has called for answers about Leeds United’s plans for next season in an interview in the Swedish media.
The central defender currently away on international duty, but in an interview with Swedish newspaper Expressen, Jansson is quoted:
“We’ll see what’s happening, I want to hear from the club how to look next year and so on.”
The popular figure is known for his passionate interviews, such as the infamous rallying call in which he insisted that Leeds would make the playoffs. He’s often as direct in the media as he is on the pitch – but that could be an ongoing concern.
Reaction to Jansson
However, the comments are potentially concerning at a time when Leeds fans are so short on good news.
Leeds fans have been reacting to his comments.
That’s now Jansson and Hernandez who have challenged the club to show some ambition for next season before they commit themselves to being here.
On top of what Heckingbottom said about having a “mid-table budget”, sounds to me like they want AR to show his hand early. #lufc
— Daryl (@Dazelar29) March 22, 2018
Re Jansson. When #lufc handed out all those long contracts to this season they not only set up a medium term strategy but also took control of outs. In short, Jansson is under contract, if anyone flashes silly money at us (in his case £7m+), he goes, if not he stays. Simples.
— Michael G (@MGlufc) March 23, 2018
I disagree. He’s been saddled with poor teammates at the back for much of the season. I’m not surprised He’s disillusioned. He’s someone to build around rather than someone to blame.
— Andy Mather # FBPE (@andymather1) March 22, 2018
The cost of losing Jansson
The reality of a disastrous second half of the season is that it’s a sizable rebuilding job in the summer. Whether or not Pontus Jansson buys into that new ‘project’ remains to be seen.
Fans have been feeling the same frustrations. With just 8 points in 14 games since boxing day, it represents a shocking return.
That frustration was exacerbated when Season Ticket renewals were announced, with fans expected to renew well before the season finishes. It’s left many feeling that there’s a disconnect between the club and the fans – the same kind of feeling that fractured the fanbase under Ken Bates’ tenure.
Ambition is key to Jansson future
There’s a question mark around the ownership and the methods this season, and that is clearly something that the players feel too. Let’s not forget, Radrizzani criticised the players in the media before the last game.
The reality is that there’s always a chance you’ll lose your best players. Football is a constantly active market, with players trying to get the best deal they can.
But if Radrizzani is serious about making next season a promotion push, he’ll keep hold of the few players that have the ability to perform at that level.
The good news is that the Swede signed a new contract until 2022. That leaves the ball in Leeds’ court, even if he did want to leave.
It’s hardly been a stellar season for the man who became such a cult figure last season. He hasn’t been helped by a weakened defence and a constantly changing backline.
It’s hardly the sort of continuity that’s condusive to steady performances. The foundation of last season was a defence that rarely changed throughout the season. For a comprehensive review of Leeds’ season, check out part one of our season review!