Leeds United’s two losses over the Easter weekend have seen their hopes of automatic promotion dashed and there is a case to be made that a fan favourite is partly to blame for their recent downfall.
Pontus Jansson is proving to do more harm than good in recent weeks for the Whites’ backline.
Jansson has often over-committed himself in recent games in an attempt to keep the opposition out, but it has left gaps which attackers have been able to exploit
The Sweden international has been one of Leeds’ most reliable players but as of late he has been at fault for many defensive lapses, and it is clear as to why that is.
It seems that the defender wants to be at the centre of the Leeds fairytale and make himself the hero as the Whites bid to return to the Premier League.
Against Brentford Jansson attempted to be everywhere at once, which in turn left the area he was supposed to be covering vulnerable – something which the opposition players happily took advantage of.
The Swede joined Leeds when they were a dwindling mid-table team and his performances stood out amongst the rest as he worked harder and was a class above the majority of his teammates. During his first two seasons, fans may have excused his mistakes due to his moments of brilliance.
However, under Marcelo Bielsa, the whole team is now up to Jansson’s level and his maverick style of defending sometimes does more harm than good.
He continuously stepped up which allowed Neal Maupay to get in behind for Brentford’s first goal on Monday.
Perhaps the 28-year-old still doesn’t trust the players alongside him and is in the mindset that he is superior to his teammates and that he has to do all the work himself.
The above statement would have been true for the past two seasons, but Bielsa has turned Leeds into a well-oiled machine at the back where each component has to work with the other to yield the greatest results.
Jansson has undoubtedly quality but he must stick to his duties rather than trying to do everything at once, or else he will leave his team in the lurch as he did at Griffin Park on Monday.