Marcelo Bielsa has told his pre-Brentford press conference – as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening post – that Leeds fans should appreciate Pontus Jansson upon his return to Elland Road with Brentford, and Leeds fans have reacted on Twitter.
Jansson, 28, spent three seasons at Leeds after intially joining the Whites on loan from Serie A side Torino. He went on to become a fan favourite with the Yorkshire club, with his passionate displays winning the hearts of Leeds supporters.
Indeed, the Sweden international clocked up 120 appearances for Leeds – and even found the back of the net nine times during those outings. Now, he returns to Elland Road for the first time to play as a Brentford player.
Indeed, Jansson has been made captain of the London-based side, playing every single minute of their first three Championship fixtures. Bielsa urged the Leeds crowd to remember what Jansson did for Leeds, rather than his departure.
“He deserves to be received in the right way,” Bielsa said. “He was the best player last year. I cannot talk about the previous years, I wasn’t here. But he played at a high level. I appreciate what he gave to the team. I think the fans will recognise that.”
It remains to be seen how Leeds fans treat the return of Jansson, who claims he was told to leave in order for the club to comply with Financial Fairplay. Rumours, though, suggest he was disruptive in the changing rooms.
Leeds fans reacted to Bielsa’s comments about Jansson, and many disagreed that Jansson should be appreciated when he returns to Yorkshire emblazoned in the red and white stripes of Brentford’s home shirt.
Bielsa says don't boo, so no one will boo?
— Ben Levene (@bennyboyyorks) August 20, 2019
— Matt Burton (@Matt_K_Burton) August 20, 2019
He should be treated fairly, and appreciated for his time with us. But if he wants to play the villain and be how he was for us for them and disrespect then he fully deserves a lot of stick
— Toby Williams (@TWilliamsgx02) August 20, 2019
just not true though is it
— ZL (@lufcZxch) August 20, 2019
It feels like he is saying "he was great player and deserves good reception because of his special relations with the fans. But his character wasn't on par with values of the team".
— Kamil Biały (@Lajt89) August 20, 2019
Not saying he should have his name sung for 90 minutes but anyone that goes out of their way to boo him needs to grow up
— Luke Maloney (@Luke_Maloneyy) August 20, 2019