The surprise departure of Pontus Jansson to Brentford the other week certainly sparked a mixed reaction in the Leeds United fanbase.
With the Swedish legend making reference to Financial Fair Play as the reason behind the move given all the claims and counterclaims being made by pundits in the press, plenty immediately doubted his words given the fee for the 28-year-old was only £5.5million and so low in the current market. Add that to the pure profit we make on the deal from Jack Clarke, many thought it simply fuelled the talk of a falling out and for those who did believe him, they naturally worried given the speculation surrounding Kalvin Phillips at the point.
Club director Paul Bell recently held a question and answer session with Leeds Live and when the topic of Pontus came up, this was how he answered.
“There’s a reasonable answer to all of this. You look at the Championship now and Financial Fair Play, or Profitability and Sustainability as it’s now called, has been talked about, talked about, talked about. Last year, for the first time, you saw the rules have teeth. You saw Birmingham cheat the rules, bust the bank and they had a horrendous year the year before last, spent way above their means and you saw they got a nine-point penalty. People talk about it and people have scant disregard for it, but we have to be very mindful there are a set of regulations in place we have to adhere to because we can’t run the risk of having point deductions, particularly when we’re chasing the dream of the Premier League. Imagine if that had happened to us this year, so close and to get nine points taken off.”
Maybe we’re sailing far closer to the limit than we all thought we were if £3-4million makes that much of a difference?