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Markus Rosenberg believes Pontus Jansson is too good for Leeds United

The Malmo club captain believes Jansson should be playing at a higher level.

Mathew Nash



Pontus Jansson’s high esteem in his Swedish homeland was proven during the international break, as he was handed the captaincy for the friendly v Romania. Jansson may not have had the best season at Leeds, but it was always going to be hard for him to match the standards he set for himself last term.

Jansson has established himself as a firm fan favourite at Elland Road. Last summer, with plenty of Premier League teams linked with his signature, Jansson signed a new deal at Leeds. He is desperate to win promotion back to the top-flight with the club, as he looks to repay the adoration of the West Yorkshire fans.

However, during the international break, some statements made to the press by Jansson had Leeds fans concerned about his long-term future at the club.

Malmo’s Markus Rosenberg reacts after his double score in the UEFA Champions League play-off second leg soccer match between Malmo FF and FC Red Bull Salzburg at Malmo New Stadium in Malmo on August 27, 2014. Winning the match 3-0, Malmo advanced 4-2 on aggregate. AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY / BJORN LINDGREN (Photo credit should read BJORN LINDGREN/AFP/Getty Images)

One man who feels that Jansson should be playing at a higher level is former Swedish international Markus Rosenberg. The 35-year-old former West Brom striker is currently the club captain at Malmo. The Swedish champions also happen to be the first club of Jansson’s. The Leeds star has made no secret of his desire to one day return to Scania and Rosenberg, who played 33 times for the Swedish national team, believes Jansson will return sooner rather than later. He also made it clear that he feels Jansson should be playing for a better team at present. He is quoted by Expressen as stating:

“Pontus is good enough for a bigger club than he is with today.

“But then I know he’s thinking like I did. He does not want to milk every year he can go abroad, but he wants to return home while still feeling he can make a big difference to the plan.”

This summer will certainly be an interesting one for Leeds and Jansson. The defender looks set to be in Sweden’s squad for the World Cup in Russia. If he can earn a starting place, plenty of teams from across Europe will likely be looking at the Leeds cult hero.

BARNSLEY, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 25: Pontus Jansson of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley and Leeds United at Oakwell Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Barnsley, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Jansson was recently quizzed by Expressen about his future at Leeds, to which he replied with little commitment:

“We’ll see what’s happening, I want to hear from the club how to look next year and so on.”

Those comments only fanned the flames of exit rumours, although Leeds are adamant he will stay. The Whites need to ensure they keep hold of Jansson in the summer. In order to do so, they must ensure they match his ambition in the transfer market as another promotion push fell away this campaign.

If they can do that, then Rosenberg’s opinion will not be tested this summer.


“First of many” – Some Nottingham Forest fans react to Gil Dias’ wonder goal

The Portuguese youngster has signed for Forest on a season-long loan.



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Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka has been extremely busy reshaping his squad during this summer and a series of high profile signings have given the Reds’ long-suffering supporters optimism ahead of the forthcoming campaign.

The Championship outfit have signed no fewer than nine players so far during the off season and it seems likely that Karanka will add more signings to his squad of players before the big August kick-off.

One man who has joined the Reds this summer is Gil Dias who has signed on a season-long loan from French giants Monaco and the 21-year-old has arrived with a big reputation and a glowing reference from agent Jorge Mendes.

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Dias is one of several new signings who has been hoping to impress his new boss during a pre-season tour of Marbella and his wonder strike in a 3-0 win over Malaga this morning has firmly excited the Forest faithful.

After picking the ball up close to the half-way line, Dias danced past several defenders before calmly finishing under the advancing goalkeeper to give the Reds a 1-0 lead.

Given the nature of his first goal for the club some Forest fans were absolutely buzzing on Twitter, whilst Dias himself spoke of his delight at notching for the first time in the famous red.

Here we looked at some of the best tweets in reaction to Dias’ sensational goal…

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Manchester City

Oleksandr Zinchenko will thrive if given first-team football at Wolves next season

Wolves are reportedly interested in bringing the talented youngster to Molineux.

Liam Thomas



Oleksandr Zinchenko
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Manchester City‘s talented youngster Oleksandr Zinchenko looks set to leave the Premier League champions this summer in search of first team football.

According to the Telegraph, Wolves boss Nuno Espírito Santo is keen on bringing the wing back into his exciting setup, for a reported fee of £16 million.

Zinchenko started only six times for Pep Guardiola’s record breaking side last season and showed glimpses of what he could achieve if given a sufficient amount of game time.

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Wolves seem the perfect destination for Zinchenko at this stage in his career and the ambitious west Midlands club are showing no signs of fear going into the new Premier League season.

At 21 years of age, Zinchenko has already featured 16 times for his country; Ukraine and filled in for the absent Benjamin Mendy last season for City and proved he was more than capable of mixing it with the leagues best when needed.

The chance to play under the enigmatic Nuno Espírito Santo certainly puts Zinchenko in an environment to thrive, and the Ukrainian international will in no doubt take with him to Molineux what Pep Guardiola has taught him during his time at the Citizens.

“He is a talented player, so clear, so clean. The way he plays, his decisions are always perfect. As a young player, I hope in the future he will help us.”

– Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, speaking about Oleksandr Zinchenko last season.

Given the opportunity to play week in, week out will only improve Zinchenko’s already undeniable talent, and his versatility to play anywhere in the midfield would be a real weapon for Wolves to have at their disposal.

Zinchenko is undoubtedly a coaches dream, with a high footballing IQ and never ending relentless energy he could become a valuable member of Wolves’ set up for the 2018/19 Premier League season.

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Leeds United

Leeds’ loan signing of Jamal Blackman adds much-needed goalkeeping depth

Max Cohen



Jamal Blackman
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On Monday, Leeds United announced the loan signing of goalkeeper Jamal Blackman from Chelsea.

The 24-year-old Englishman represents an astute signing on Marcelo Bielsa’s part, adding much-needed depth and Championship experience to the squad.

This summer, the Yorkshire club have seen nine players depart Elland Road, including goalkeepers Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan.

As a result of this large turnover, the Whites have been left extremely short-staffed between the sticks, with only 21-year-old Bailey Peacock-Farrell in the mix with meaningful first-team experience.

Blackman is a smart addition to the squad as it is clear more goalkeeping options are needed, and it would be naive to allow Peacock-Farrell to occupy the undisputed number one spot when he only has 12 Championship appearances to his name.

Although the youngster’s performances during the final months of last season showed his impressive potential, Peacock-Farrell nevertheless conceded 18 goals and kept just a solitary clean sheet in 11 matches.

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In future seasons, the 21-year-old will be trusted with the starting spot but, for now, Jamal Blackman is a more effective option and can teach Peacock-Farrell about goalkeeping in the Championship.

Blackman made 31 appearances for Sheffield United last season, steering the Blades to an impressive tenth-placed finish, nine points above Leeds. The goalkeeper kept nine clean sheets and only conceded 34 goals, a laudable feat.

In addition, Chelsea experts think highly of the goalkeeper, as the club has continued to hold to his services permanently after numerous loan spells – perhaps indicating they hold out hope he can perform for the Blues at a top level one day.

Speaking to Leeds Live, Chelsea writer Oliver Harbord praised Blackman’s saving abilities.

“He comes with the reputation of being a top shotstopper with some excellent reactions.”

In all, the season-long loan signing of Jamal Blackman is a smart piece of business from Leeds, bolstering their threadbare goalkeeping options with a highly-rated young shot-stopper.

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