Eyebrows were raised amongst the Leeds United fanbase this summer when the Whites made the bold decision of selling Pontus Jansson.
The Swede was coming off the back of a season where he made the Championship Team of the Year, but for one reason or another, he was shipped out to Brentford.
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At the time, fans were fuming about the fees paid for the defenders, and you can understand why.
I’m annoyed at the absolute state of what @LUFC and @andrearadri are apparently doing regards Pontus sale. We’re going to accept a paltry 5.5m for Jansson whereas at Villa we see Mings, who isn’t quite on Jansson’s level, joining them for nearly 30m. Disgrace.
— Patrick Baker (@bakerthepatrick) July 7, 2019
£20m for Mings… but Jansson only worth £5.5m??? Madness
— Liam Cowan💙💛 (@Liam_CowanDJ) July 7, 2019
£20 million for Tyrone Mings and Pontus Jansson is going to Brentford for £5.5 million🤦🏻♂ #lufc
— Connor Parnell🎗 (@connorparnell23) July 7, 2019
The nine months following these initial complaints haven’t done much to silence these doubts as Jansson has arguably had a better season than Mings.
In fact, the stats show that Jansson is actually outperforming Mings.
Despite playing for a team that see a lot more of the ball than Villa do, therefore facing less attacks, Jansson averages more tackles and interceptions per game than the former Ipswich man. He also trumps him for pass completion and aerial duels won.
Of course, you’ve got to take into account the gulf in class in the divisions, but it’s hard to make any real case that Mings should have cost so much more than Jansson this summer, especially when you consider he’s actually just two years younger than him.
Whether it’s Villa overpaying or Leeds being undersold is up for debate, but the true answer seems to be somewhere in the middle.
United should have got more than £5.5m for a defender who had just made the Championship Team of the Year, and Villa were silly to spend so much on a Bournemouth reject who was unproven in the Premier League.
In any case, it’s easy to see why these Leeds fans were so livid when news of the respective fees first broke.