Former Leeds United forward Noel Whelan claims that he believes defender Pontus Jansson has played his final game for the club, after their defeat to Derby County in the Championship play-offs on Wednesday evening.
The Sweden international was an unused substitute for the defeat to the Rams, one which ended the promotion hopes of the Whites in dramatic and disappointing circumstances.
Whelan believes that Jansson will now leave the club, suggesting he was not impressed with being on the bench for such a huge game. With another term in the Championship ahead of Leeds, and the defender having been in demand for a while, it wouldn’t be a complete surprise if the 28-year-old does exit Elland Road.
The former Whites star was at the match with Derby in midweek, and focused on the body language of the Swede, which appears to have convinced him that the popular player will depart this summer.
“Pontus Jansson is certain to go. From what I saw after the game on Wednesday – looking across the pitch for ages and sat in the dugout – all these little things and other things you hear, I don’t think he will be here next season.” Football Insider quotes him as saying.
“He will be going and heading to another club. We will need two new centre-backs alongside Liam Cooper, who I think will stay.”
Were Jansson to exit Elland Road, it would leave Leeds very short at the centre of their defence, even should Cooper remain at the club. They would have Gaetano Berardi who can play there, but he will begin next season suspended after his red card in the loss to Derby on Wednesday night.
The Whites can’t really afford to lose the Swede, but with rumours of interest in him last summer and in January, it could take something pretty special to keep him at the Yorkshire outfit.