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Jansson says he thought he was Leeds’ main man before Bielsa arrived at Elland Road

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Jansson says he thought he was Leeds’ main man before Bielsa arrived at Elland Road

Pontus Jansson has shed some light on how he viewed himself at Leeds before the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa.

Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson cannot ever be accused of a lack of confidence, such is his faith in his own ability.

And the Swedish international has given an insight into how he viewed his standing at the club before the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa turned things around last summer.

Speaking ahead of the play-off semi-final first leg clash against Derby on Saturday, Jansson said, as quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay: “If we do it, everyone will be legends – especially Marcelo. He’s the main man, he changed the club.

“When I came here maybe I saw myself as the main man but not anymore. I’m just one of the players.”

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One player should never really have such a high opinion of themselves within a squad, especially not one that has designs on being successful.


Jansson’s comments indicate how much gravitas the former Argentina manager has among the squad but also hints at an improved togetherness and humility in the camp.

The defender is never shy about saying what he thinks – and some fans may not be a huge fan of his comments – but his honesty is refreshing in some ways.

But his words are perhaps indicative of why Leeds haven’t had success before during Jansson’s time there – but could be set to end that this month.

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