Pontus Jansson has told Sky Sports that working with Marcelo Bielsa left him with a lot of headaches, but insisted that he grew as a player and a person during his time playing under the Leeds United boss.
Jansson spent his final year at Elland Road working with Bielsa. It looked to be a year that would culminate in promotion to the Premier League. But Leeds fell short in quite incredible circumstances.
The centre-back produced arguably his best campaign for the Whites last year. Nevertheless, Leeds agreed to sell the Sweden international to Brentford in the summer.
There was plenty of speculation therefore, as to the reasons why Leeds agreed to let Jansson go. But the 28-year-old has provided an insight into what his relationship with Bielsa was like.
“To work with Bielsa for one year gave me a lot of headaches also because of long days, a lot of meetings and a lot of things to take in,” he told Sky Sports.
“But it helped me so much, not only as a player, but also as a person how to be a professional footballer, how to eat, how to behave, how to sleep, all those things to recover well.”
Bielsa appears to have overseen such a dramatic transformation at Leeds that it is not difficult to imagine some players feeling that it was a big adjustment getting used to his methods.
On the pitch, the Whites do not appear to have suffered from selling Jansson. Leeds have conceded just eight goals in the Championship – no other team is yet to reach double figures this term.
Nevertheless, you could understand why some supporters are fearful that the decision to sell Jansson may still come back to haunt the Whites at some stage.
At Championship level, he can be unstoppable when he is on form. So it will be interesting to see how much Leeds miss the defender over the course of the campaign, and how much the Bees benefit from having him in their ranks.