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.
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.
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.