Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has given his thoughts on the departure of Pontus Jansson from Elland Road to join Brentford.
Speaking to BBC West Yorkshire, Whelan said that if Jansson was that good, Premier League sides would have been in for him.
He said: “There’s a defect. This has been rumbling on with Brentford for three or four days. If Premier League clubs were interested and wanted him that badly – maybe not the top scale, but the others who could use a player in his position – why have they not come in for him?
“He’s 28 years of age now, signed a three-year contract. The chances are he’s never going to play in the Premier League. If he was that good, he’d have been snapped up.”
In this day and age, an experienced central defender like Jansson – who plays for his country – would likely generate top flight interest unless there was something putting clubs off.
It remains to be seen who between Brentford and Leeds puts together a better promotion challenge, but based on last season’s performances, it’s a step down for Jansson.
That ‘defect’ Whelan talks about is what likely drove him out of Leeds and perhaps the reason why Elland Road supporters shouldn’t be too gutted to see him go.