Leeds United remain second in the Championship after a 2-1 win against QPR yesterday afternoon. Two goals from Kemar Roofe, including a very rare penalty, gave Leeds all three points and kept them five clear of Sheffield United in third.
It was a game in which they had to adapt to the absence of their captain Liam Cooper. The Scottish defender suffered a knee injury last weekend and underwent surgery this week.
With that in mind, the captaincy was handed to the club’s most experienced player. Former Spanish international Pablo Hernandez was given the captain’s armband by Marcelo Bielsa and he put in a captain’s performance.
The next man in line for the armband was surely demonstrative centre-back Pontus Jansson. The Swede is himself a powerful presence for the Leeds team and some may have felt he was next in line for captaincy.
However, he was clearly happy with the Leeds playmaker’s display:
My man, best player i ever played with and it’s a true honour to have you in my team! On to the next one now! See you Saturday! ?? pic.twitter.com/idHsPxYFN0
— Pontus Jansson (@PJansson5) December 8, 2018
That is quite a statement when you consider one of Jansson’s former team-mates. The Swedish star has played alongside former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Swedish national set-up.
Dare to Zlatan? No. Dare to Pablo.