Leeds United centre half and modern-day passionate legend Pontus Jansson may have inadvertently given his own answer to the recent rumour mill speculation bringing his own future at Elland Road into question as he gave his backing to manager Marcelo Bielsa ahead of the coming 2019/20 Championship campaign.
With some talk of a falling out and fans overly reading into his Play-Off Semi-Final moment with the hoardings, at least on face value it certainly doesn’t sound like the 28-year-old is looking forward to a future away from the club, nor Bielsa himself.
Speaking to Swedish outlet Fotbollskanalen (via Leeds Live) Jansson explained that he felt that Bielsa would know exactly what tweaks to make next season so we showed the necessary improvement to go one step further after our experiences this year.
“In my opinion we had the best team. If you check statistically, as Bielsa loves to do, we were guaranteed a top-two place but there were small details which made us unable to do that. Now he gets another year and the players who are left know what it’s about now. We know what we have to prepare for. I’m convinced that the players who come in will raise the team even more. It’ll be an incredibly exciting year for Leeds.”
I think most fans feel that with the continuity now of Bielsa remaining, we can certainly follow in the footsteps of those clubs who face heartbreak one year and then go one step further the next, so I’m fully on board with Pontus’ thoughts here.