Liam Cooper has told Press Association journalist Simon Peach in a video posted on Twitter that he was surprised at the loss of Pontus Jansson, who left Leeds United to join Brentford earlier this month.
Jansson, 28, was a Leeds United favourite after three seasons at Elland Road, in which his passionate displays during his 120 outings for the Whites were loved by Leeds fans.
But he was sold in a surprise switch to Brentford, with rumours suggesting that Jansson and manager Marcelo Bielsa had fallen out. Jansson since claimed that it was because the club needed to settle financial fairplay.
Cooper, who partnered Jansson at centre-back for the majority of last season, claimed that he was shocked at Jansson’s exit to Brentford – rumoured to be just £5.5million – but wishes the Swedish ace the best of luck.
“It’s always a surprise,” Cooper said. “At the end of the day, the club has got to do, what the club has got to do. He’s a great player to have played with, he’s a great lad. We just wish him all the best in his new venture.”
TBR’s view – Jansson still needs replacing at Leeds
It has now been over a week since Leeds opted to sell Jansson to Griffin Park, and the centre-back is yet to be replaced. The Whites boast just Brighton loanee Ben White, as well as Cooper.
Jansson is a big loss, and losing the Swedish ace certainly needs replacing. Pascal Struijk is showing plenty of promise but he is still young, as is White, and neither are worth relying on.
Leeds need an experience, Premier League-quality centre-back. Whether they will get one, remains to be seen.