It appears Leeds United’s automatic promotion hopes have dissipated. Following on from their shock defeat to Wigan Athletic, the Whites lost 2-0 to Brentford this weekend. Sheffield United and Norwich City now look out of reach. It is not over yet, but with 10-game winning streak Aston Villa up next, a play-off spot looks likely for Leeds.
Considering the negative momentum Leeds are currently in, seeing them turn things around in the play-offs looks a tough task.
So what would that mean for their better players? For example, Pontus Jansson.
The Swedish international is in love with Leeds United and the Elland Road faithful mutually reciprocate those feelings.
However, he has previously made his ambition to play in the top-flight clear. As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post last April, he expressed his wish that he achieves the feat as a Leeds player.
“I said I had a dream to play in the Premier League.
“But I also said that the dream for me is playing with Leeds. That’s what I said from day one.”
In an ideal world, Jansson would win promotion with Leeds. He is clearly a Premier League defender and is right to have this ambition. But after the agony of Garry Monk’s play-off miss, the topsy-turvy nature of the Thomas Christiansen-Paul Heckingbottom dynamic missing out this season might be the last straw.
Jansson may, with a heavy heart, have to consider moving on from West Yorkshire to realise his Premier League ambition. Leeds fans will just hope they can secure top-flight football this season to prevent this hypothetical conundrum become a reality.