Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson was a late inclusion in Sweden’s starting XI for their 2018 World Cup opener against South Korea on Monday after Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof dropped out, and he certainly made a big impression in the 1-0 win.
The 27-year-old endured a difficult 2017/18 campaign for the Whites as they went from serious automatic promotion contenders in August and September to mid-table mediocrity by May, but he was given an opportunity to impress for his country against their Asian counterparts, and he didn’t disappoint.
Any clubs that are looking for a new centre-back this summer may well have been impressed by Jansson’s display against South Korea, and that includes Wolverhampton Wanderers and their manager Nuno Santo, who could be looking for an upgrade on Ryan Bennett this summer to partner Willy Boly and Conor Coady in the Premier League next term.
Jansson showed his strength in the air by winning eight aerial duels against a nation that certainly weren’t at their best in Russia, while he also made two tackles, two clearances and one interception, as per WhoScored.com.
The 27-year-old also showed his quality in possession with a passing accuracy of 89%, and he will hope to keep his place in the XI for the next group game against Sweden later this week.
His displays and the leadership qualities he has shown for Leeds previously prove that he is ready to make the step up to the English top flight, and Jansson’s latest display for his country should have convinced Wolves, who may well be on the verge of making another marquee signing if they sell £9m-rated key man, to make their move.