Leeds United put in what many have said was their defining performance of the season against Brighton on Saturday evening in front of the full glare of the Sky Sports cameras. They did it without talismanic central defender Pontus Jansson.

There was no injury issue at play, there was no recovery from a hard game beforehand, there was no excuse given other than something that vaguely centred around the idea that a set of ‘principles’ had somehow been infringed upon.

As ever, details were sketchy as to Jansson not starting the game against Brighton, with supposition and conjecture the two main outputs relied upon by worried Leeds United fans.

Local reporter Phil Hay, of the Yorkshire Evening Post, elaborated somewhat on his personal Twitter feed following the after-match press conference with Garry Monk, where no doubt Jansson’s absence was a matter of conversation.

Fans were obviously worried about the absence of the big Swede, who has become a crowd favourite at Elland Road, agreeing to sign a permanent deal when his season-long loan ends in the summer.

Now journalist Olof Lundh (tweet – below) has thrown some light on the issue with an article that he has written for fotollskanalen in Sweden.

Lundh, in the introduction to his interview with Jansson, who is now away with the Swedish national team, says that: “Garry Monk said that he had done what was best for the team and the principles he has,” this leading to the speculation impasse that Leeds fans found themselves in.

In the interview itself, Jansson responds to Lundh’s question as to whether something had happened with a dismissive: “[it was]the coach’s decision altogether, he said it was his way of looking at it and his decision.”

Lundh goes on to ask whether Leeds head coach Garry Monk gave him an explanation as to why he wasn’t playing, with Jansson giving an equally stonewall reply. to Lundh’s question, Jansson simply said: “He gave me an explanation, but it stays between me and him. Such [things]stop between coaches and players.”

After the international break, Jansson returns to domestic duty with Leeds United, the Whites playing fellow Play-Off contenders Reading, before a game three days later at mid-table Brentford.

Original article from fotbollskanalen (in Swedish)

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