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Simon Grayson backs Pontus Jansson sale if it means keeping Leeds United youngsters

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Simon Grayson backs Pontus Jansson sale if it means keeping Leeds United youngsters

Leeds United face a battle keeping hold of some of their better players.

Leeds United look set to face a battle to keep hold of their top talents this summer. After falling short in their bid for promotion, the Whites are likely to receive bids for both Kalvin Phillips and Jack Clarke this summer.

However, Pontus Jansson is also a potential target for other clubs. As reported by Calciomercato, Portuguese champions Benfica are believed to be keen on the player.

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One former Leeds United manager and player believes that if it comes down to a choice, Leeds should sell the Swedish international. Simon Grayson told Omnisport, as relayed by PressFrom, that he would rather lose the centre-back compared to Leeds’ young talents.


“There are other players I would want to keep ahead of Pontus Jansson.

“People like Kalvin Phillips and Jack Clarke, the younger players who can be the bedrock of Leeds for the next few years.”


TBR’s View

 

Jansson is clearly a top central defender and Leeds would want to keep hold of the player going forward.

But Grayson makes a good point. In recent years it is the young players Leeds have had to sacrifice. The likes of Lewis Cook and Ronaldo Vieira have been sacrificed for Leeds to improve their squad in the past.

Whilst Jansson is a fan favourite, if it comes between choosing between him and youngsters like Clarke and Phillips, maybe it is time Leeds held on to their top talents instead.

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