Talismanic. Unyeilding. Warrior. As well as metaphorical bricks, these are three words that are thrown at Pontus Jansson.
Jansson has been all three at Elland Road since his arrival on loan from Serie A side Torino six games into the Sky Bet Championship season. Leeds lost their first game with him in the side, a narrow 1-0 home defeat to fierce rivals and noisy neighbours Huddersfield Town, Aaron Mooy’s strike from distance being all that separated the two sides that day.
That defeat left Leeds on four points after six games and stranded in 22nd place. Now, 19 games later, Leeds sit proudly in third and Jansson has endeared himself to the Leeds United support with not only his individual displays but also how he has helped to gel the Leeds United defence, especially so his growing relationship at centre-back with fellow loanee Kyle Bartley.
His engagemgement with the crowd extends beyond not only his fist-pumping at the end of a game, but also to the fact he has his very own song that is sung from the terraces about his wearing of a magic hat and how he deals with bricks if they are thrown his way. There have even been t-shirts and posters printed that have melded his and the T-800 Terminator image to create the Janssonator.
However, it is a t-shirt of another design that has tickled the fancy of Leeds United’s imposing 6ft 5in Swedish defender (below).
This t-shirt, lauding Aston Villa centre-back Nathan Baker’s ability to also head bricks back from whence they came has caused some mirth for Jansson and also the Leeds United fans that have commented on his post.
Pontus Jansson’s magic hat – and some magic comments
First up there is this conversation that continues, and continues, and continues some more.
— Sleepy Silvestri (@FarrarLUFC) January 14, 2017
Some Leeds fans are getting all call the authorities on the post.
— Big jack (@bigjack8776) January 14, 2017
This Leeds fan has a reminder for fans of Nathan Baker, just in case their memories are a little vague.
— Loiner (@gazzal21) January 14, 2017
Leeds fan Stephan has a reminder for a forgetful Aston Villa fan.
This Leeds fan asks about the level of authorship of the shirt’s lyrics – I don’t think it’s Bruce Springsteen if that helps.
@PJansson5 Did a bunch of school kids write that shit ?
— Got proper Monk on. (@EVANSlufc) January 14, 2017
This fan sees the embarrassment that Baker relies upon his partner to get things sorted and that his headers lack direction and accuracy.
@PJansson5 embarrassing to admit he relies on his partner and can't hit it to the left or hit it to the right
— Mick Wormald (@MickWormald) January 14, 2017