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Selling Pontus Jansson was sure to raise eyebrows around the Championship.
Jansson will leave behind a huge void. He was one of the influential figures in this Leeds team, starting 37 times in the Championship last term so to see him depart wasn’t particularly positive news.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side were the third-best defensively last season and that has been put in doubt following his exit. But it’s the transfer fee that now looks considerably questionable, that’s if it didn’t already.
According to Yorkshire Evening Post, the Whites agreed a £5.5m deal for the defender’s services as he joined Championship rivals Brentford.
That amount of money feels standard for a side playing in the second division but it’s Brighton’s reported £20m move for Adam Webster that shows how poorly the Yorkshire club have dealt with things.
Earlier this week it was reported that the central defender could move from Bristol City to the Seagulls having previously quoted potential suitors £30m in order to land him.
Webster was a colossal presence at the back for the Robins, winning 6.4 aerial duels per match and at the age of 24, appears to be moving for a mighty price considering he’s never played in the Premier League.
But that transfer is evidence of how poorly Leeds did with Jansson. After all, he was a player who was named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year last season.
Webster, however big his influence, wasn’t named in it, which further makes the two fees rather baffling.
Despite financial fair play, Leeds were under no real pressure to sell for the fee they claimed.
The centre-back only signed a five-year deal in 2017, meaning he was just two years into it before moving on.
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With that in mind, a much higher fee should have been demanded for his services, even if attitude problems were cited for his departure.
The transfer window has been a real cause for concern for Leeds. They haven’t replaced Jansson, nor have they brought in another striker despite their lack of options.
However, the fact Webster is now set to move for £20m when they received £14.5m less for their own player further rubs salt into the wounds for the Whites.