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Leeds started the Championship season in brilliant fashion as they beat Bristol City 3-1 on the opening weekend.
However, their second game didn’t go according to plan. It appeared to be a tale of misfortunate as a host of things went wrong for the Whites.
They were then denied a penalty in the second half before conceding a sloppy goal from Lewis Grabban as the ball bounced around the box and then headed over the line.
That was particularly from set-piece scenarios. If they weren’t already ruining the sale of Pontus Jansson then they could well be now.
Sold for a measly £5.5m, it can be seen as somewhat of a blunder that they didn’t get more for him. After all, this is someone who was named in the PFA Team of the Year in 2018/19 but left for £14.5m less than Adam Webster did.
There were clearly issues with Jansson’s attitude but they could have done with him this weekend, especially in aerial situations.
Forest looked a threat from dead balls and it wasn’t just the goal where Leeds looked at sixes and sevens.
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Last term, Jansson won 4.9 aerial duels and even though the Whites had problems defending set-pieces with him in the team, something Marcelo Bielsa admitted after a 4-2 defeat against the same opposition in January, he could have been beneficial.
Someone with the Swede’s authority and ability in the air may have been able to see out the situation in a more efficient manner, therefore ensuring the pressure was relieved before an attempt on goal was had.
As it happens, they were left staring at a situation where he wasn’t there to save them.
A partnership of White and Liam Cooper is sure to improve, but for the time being, they’re staring their mistake right in the face.