Leeds’ season will be defined by their last three games, with getting into the play-offs the aim at Elland Road. A recent run of wobbly form has seen the Whites slip behind an in-form Fulham team in the battle for a slot in the chosen four and if it stays that way, Garry Monk’s men will be truly disappointed with 2016/17 having been the best campaign the Yorkshire side have had for some time.
Regardless of where they finish, though, Pontus Jansson deserves praise. The Swede, on loan from Torino, has been one of Leeds’ finest performers across the campaign, playing with real authority week in, week out. Alas, his impressive form has not been enough to earn him a slot in the Championship’s Team of the Year, which has irked fans.
— PFA (@PFA) April 20, 2017
Jamaal Lascelles and Lewis Dunk got the nods at centre-back in the select XI, but have either been vastly better than Jansson all season?
As the numbers show, the Scandinavian has been excellent. In terms of being and genuine defender, his 327 clearances, 104 aerial duels won, 55 interceptions and 32 tackles completed are impressive tallies, while zero errors leading to goals illustrates his composure and reliability.
Surely a slot for Jansson could have been found…