Pontus Jansson joins Leeds United – Twitter Reacts
Leeds United have announced the signing of Pontus Jansson on a season long long from Serie A side Torino. The 25-year-old Swede is a towering centre-back and adds to the Elland Road outfit’s ever growing defensive contingent.
Capped eight times by Sweden, Jansson started his career at Swedish giants Malmo before moving to current parent club Torino in 2014. The 6 foot 5 inches centre half represented Sweden schoolboys numerous times from U17 level through to the U21s, and was a part of their Euro 2016 squad this summer in France. Jansson won the Allsvenskan (the Swedish Premier League) on three occasions with Malmo in 2010, 2013 and 2014, as well as the Swedish Super Cup in 2013.
Hailing from the Arlov suburb of Malmo, local boy Jansson established himself as a first team regular in the 2012 Swedish football season and retained his starting berth in 2013. At the end of the 2014 season, Italian side Torino swooped in for the then 23 year old’s signature. Jansson has found first team opportunities hard to come by at the Piedmont side, and has been limited to just 16 league appearances across two seasons in Italy.
Speaking to the Leeds United official website the Swede pledged to give “everything” to the Leeds United cause, as he goes straight into the first team squad for the Yorkshire derby fixture versus Sheffield Wednesday. “I’m aggressive and I always give 100 per cent for the team that I play for,” Jansson said. “I’m going to give more than 100% for Leeds United. I’m also technical because I played as a striker before I became a defender five years ago. I’m quick with the ball”(courtesy of leedsunited.com).
Jansson is Garry Monk’s tenth summer signing as the new Head Coach is seemingly hell bent on revamping the Leeds squad and stamping his own mark on the Elland Road outfit. Jansson joins a defensive contingent at Leeds that includes club captain Sol Bamba, vice-captain Liam Cooper, local boy done good Charlie Taylor, new signing Luke Ayling, and fellow season-long loaner Kyle Bartley from Swansea City. This represents, to the trained eye of a regular Championship spectator, to have the potential to be a very tight defence, especially if coached correctly by former defender Garry Monk. Jansson will provide yet more competition for places across the back four, and Leeds fans should be able to look forward to conceding less goals this season – further boosted by the shrewd signing of ex-England international Rob Green between the sticks.
Liam Bridcutt, Matt Grimes, Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe are also notable acquisitions for Garry Monk and should help bolster his attack in the Championship. Liam Bridcutt has joined Leeds permanently after a loan spell last season, and as a defensive midfielder should provide precious support and cover for the back four. Matt Grimes excelled as a local boy in League Two for Exeter City before a club record move to Swansea City in 2015. Grimes has found Premier League opportunities at a premium in south Wales, and has spent time on loan in the Championship last season at Blackburn Rovers to remain sharp.
In Pablo Hernandez Leeds have an exciting winger, with four Spanish caps and numerous appearances in La Liga and the Premier League under his belt. Kemar Roofe was one of the hottest properties in English football last season, scoring 18 goals in League Two and further eight in cup competitions, and cost Leeds around £3 million. With this calibre of signings in defence and going forward, Leeds fans have more reason than ever in recent times to be optimistic this season.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Pontus Jansson signing for Leeds United:
— Suhayl Al-Sammari (@suhayl92) August 18, 2016
But he's a Cellino signing! 😱
— Luke (@lWhiteleyl) August 18, 2016
Pontus Jansson signs, "I'm an aggressive defender and I always give more than 100%" – now that's the kind of centre back we need. #lufc
— Odd Tremorz (@OddTremorz) August 18, 2016
— Leeds Utd Till I Die (@LUFCWhiteFlag) August 18, 2016
#lufc Becoming Swedish! After Marcus Antonsson, just signed Pontus Jansson today. Kom igen Leeds
— David Brodetsky (@DavidBrodetsky) August 18, 2016
Pontus Jansson signs for Leeds. Happy with this. A big dominating leader at the back. Build from the back. Let's get our first win. #lufc
— Lee Stacey (@lstacey1992) August 18, 2016
Swedish newspaper Kvällsposten reporting that the loan deal for Jansson will come with a buy-out clause for around £3,5m. #lufc
— Fredrik Carlsson (@lussfredrik) August 18, 2016
— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 18, 2016
Just watched the Jansson interview, first signing I've seen in a long time that actually looks genuinely excited by joining Leeds. #lufc
— Fat Lad Jacko (@lufcjacko1919) August 18, 2016
— TBG (@violettwhite) August 18, 2016
— Leeds Utd, The View (@LUFC_TheView) August 18, 2016
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