The sale of Leeds United centre-half Pontus Jansson took many by surprise really and I was happy to doubt the growing rumour mill speculation purely because of how important he was to the side – both in a technical sense but also in the way he interacted and sparked the fanbase with his heart on his sleeve approach.
We all remember last season and the Play-Off Semi-Final ‘sulk’ as some called it, accusing him of making it about him rather than the team which was always a bit soft as a criticism, and we all also remember the Aston Villa ‘let them score’ incident with manager Marcelo Bielsa and the way the two clashed there.
That’s notwithstanding the Queens Park Rangers defeat and owner Andrea Radrizzani being blanked as Pontus stormed down the tunnel.
Plenty have always read Jansson actions differently depending on their thoughts on him but his reported £5.5million transfer is surely something everyone can agree on.
It makes no sense at all – certainly not in the current market.
That’s a firesale, get rid of him price, as many believe there is truth to the rumours he’s had a falling out with Bielsa and ultimately, he wouldn’t have been sold without Bielsa’s approval.
Jansson’s words on his move do seem to imply that but he certainly had praise for Bielsa as he told Aftonbladet (via the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“I have always liked to have a close relationship with my coach. Like the relationship I had with Roland Nilsson or Rikard Norling for example. That hasn’t been as easy with Bielsa and one reason for that is the language. I regard Bielsa very highly, as one of the absolute best coaches I have worked with. He is special, believes in his idea to the max and I have learned a lot from him.”
With Bielsa also praising Jansson last season, maybe falling out is too strong a phrase, sometimes two people just don’t click – but it shouldn’t ruin the effect either has had on the club given the current criticism going around.