Leeds United beat Brighton & Hove Albion at the weekend to leave themselves sitting fourth in the Championship with only eight games remaining.
Despite securing a vital 2-0 win, one of the main talking points was the omission of star defender Pontus Jansson from the Whites’ starting XI, with the Swede taking to Twitter more than 24 hours after the match to congratulate his team-mates on a fine result in his absence.
Really proud to see our performance yesterday and we showed that we really are a strong team together..now of to nationalteam and qualify.????????
— Pontus Jansson (@PJansson5) March 19, 2017
Jansson has been one of the club’s most consistent performers this term and the decision to drop him for such a crucial game was puzzling to say the least, but manager Garry Monk’s gamble paid off with another solid team display.
The centre-back, who will sign permanently from Torino over the summer, was on the bench for Saturday’s clash, which would appear to rule out injury as the reason that he was not selected.
Monk has rotated his side in recent weeks due to fixture congestion and may point to this as a further example of his faith in the squad as a whole, rather than in stand-out individuals.
Whilst there is no immediate cause for concern regarding Jansson’s future, supporters will no doubt be keeping an eye on the team sheet when Leeds travel to Reading on April 1 to see whether his name is included.
The 26-year-old’s tweet on Sunday night prompted a flurry of responses from fans; the best of the reaction can be found below:
@PJansson5 love you Pontus. Rest up my love, the Earth needs you x
— Pontus Fan Club (@pontusfanclub) March 19, 2017
@PJansson5 hope whatever happened is finished now. Good luck with Sweden(Leeds away colours) and come back fit ????????
— Batesy (@BatesyLufc) March 19, 2017
— Paul Snowdon (@NakedFarang) March 20, 2017
@PJansson5 We'd love to know why you weren't playing yesterday but it's your secret. Just hope any fall out is brief, come back stronger!
— Matthew Burch (@matthewrburch) March 19, 2017
@PJansson5 Lots of games to go Pontus. Let's make that Premier League together.
— steve holmes (@steve14b) March 19, 2017
— Samuel (@Muzza8787) March 19, 2017
@PJansson5 we love you Pontus, don't listen to anyone that tells you otherwise????????
— jac fisher???? (@jacfisher2) March 19, 2017
@PJansson5 Make sure you don't get injured. We need you back in the team steering us to promotion. Hope what ever kept you out is sorted!!
— Mike Forster (@Stoat007) March 19, 2017
@PJansson5 good luck and we need you in the first team not on the bench
— Michael Davidson (@MickeyD44314901) March 20, 2017
@PJansson5 strong team together hits the nail on the head . Rip in for the swedes then it's back to Leeds to finish this job !
— Andrew Dickinson (@Andrewerd) March 20, 2017
— Paul Carter (@PMC6319) March 19, 2017
— Jan F (@Saturdaysrfun) March 19, 2017
@PJansson5 good luck see you back in the team at reading
— Ben (@bulbouscheese) March 19, 2017
@PJansson5 Lovely to hear that Pontus. Remember we love what you have done and given to all at LUFC.
— TONY DICKINSON (@TonyDickinson8) March 19, 2017