Andrea Radrizzani must act as Pontus Jansson hints he is considering his Leeds future

According to an interview he has conducted with Swedish media outlet Expressen during the international break, Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson, rated at £5.4m by Transfermarkt, has hinted that he is considering his future at the club after requesting talks about their aims for next season.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Leeds looked to be nailed on promotion contenders following a positive start to the Championship campaign, but they have gradually slipped away throughout the season and they currently lie in 14th position under Paul Heckingbottom, who replaced Thomas Christiansen last month.

Jansson moved to Elland Road on a permanent basis last summer following a successful loan spell last term, but the Sweden international hasn’t really hit the heights that he did then in a team that has been struggling for a number of months now.

That said, the 27-year-old would still have plenty of offers if he did decide to move on this summer however, and he wants the club to confirm their ambitions.

Speaking to Expressen, he said: “We’ll see what’s happening, I want to hear from the club about their plans for next year and so on.”

How has Jansson fared this season?

The Elland Road fans’ favourite, who did anger the Elland Road faithful after issuing a rallying call earlier this month, has appeared in all but three of their 38 Championship fixtures this term, and he has often been their strongest centre-back when partnering the likes of Matthew Pennington and captain Liam Cooper.

The Swede has a never-say-die attitude and isn’t afraid to put his body on the line for his team, with WhoScored.com listing his main strengths as his tackling, concentration and ability to make blocks.

How big a blow would his departure be?

It would be a huge blow.

The 27-year-old has consistently proved he is arguably the club’s best player, and it will be difficult for Leeds to replace a leader like Jansson who clearly cares for the club.

Could he leave this summer?

He certainly could, unless Leeds prove their ambition.

Jansson will know that he is good enough to earn a move to a Premier League, and while it is clear that he loves the Yorkshire outfit he will also want to play at the highest level while he still can.

Heckingbottom and owner Andrea Radrizzani must prove they can match the 27-year-old’s ambitions, with a real push at promotion an absolute must next season.