In more than one way Pontus Jansson was a breath of fresh air when his loan signing from Torino not only reinvigorated his interest in football, but also gave Leeds United that solid presence at the back.
When his capture was mooted, there were some dissenting voices who bemoaned the fact the Whites were dipping into the Italian market for yet another no-name foreign player. How wrong those dissenting voices were.
His first season alongside Swansea loanee Kyle Bartley saw Leeds United flirt with the very real prospect of promotion back to the Premier League. A late run of bad form saw the unlucky Whites drop out of the play-offs after 142 days, 26 games and end a final 7th in the Championship table.
Last season he didn’t shine as bright as many would have hoped, yet neither did Leeds United themselves. Back to the multi-manager approach with Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom, United dropped off after a sparkling start, ending the season a disappointing 13th place.
However, since his recall to the side by Marcelo Bielsa, Pontus has become the Jansson of old. He’s capturing that imperious form that he had in his first season at Elland Road, and that fighting spirit is also coming more to the fore. That fire and brimstone approach has been most recently seen in his ‘blue touch paper’ incident after the recent draw against Brentford at Elland Road.
With decisions having gone against them, with Jansson’s late, late equaliser having rescued them, Sky Sports asked the popular Swede how he felt. His reply contained an honest appraisal using the word “sh*t” as well as insinuating that the referee has committed “a robbery”.
The latter landed him a formal FA charge for bringing the game into disrepute, something that will play out some point in the near future for the Swedish international. Before that, though, Jansson has the not-so-small matter of fatherhood to contend with the arrival of his first child today.
I will go through fire for you and your mum. Welcome to the world!
I will love you forever! Bella ❤️ pic.twitter.com/qYXH7fbyXp
— Pontus Jansson (@PJansson5) October 22, 2018
Jansson’s post and comments have been met by an outpouring of appreciation and well-wishing from Leeds United fans. Here’s what some fans have been saying in the comments to the popular defender’s post:
— Debbie (@DebbieFishman08) October 22, 2018
Congratulations to you & @asathornell on the birth of your 1st child 👍❤️❤️👍
— 🇬🇧💪🏋🏻♂️Benny🏋🏻♂️💪🇬🇧 (@BennyTaylsLUFC) October 22, 2018
Bella Janssons’s magic, she’s got a magic dad
— Tony Leeds (@TonyLeeds5) October 22, 2018
Truth is PJ you are part of a team. You have just become the third most important member 😉 This is the best team. Team Jansson. You will protect and provide. Walk the dog and give shoulder rides. Take lots and lots of photos. I am happy for you.
— Dr.T (@DoctorT1992) October 22, 2018
This will be just one of many congratulation tweets you’ll receive! But wishing your beautiful baby girl health and happiness her whole life through. Congratulations to the new Mummy and Daddy! 💛👶🏻💙
— Leanne Judge ⚽️ (@LeanneJudgeUK) October 22, 2018
Many congratulations to both you and your wife.. all the best..Ian.. pic.twitter.com/5vCbavlYOn
— Ian Hendley (@speedyreaney) October 22, 2018
Leeds United face bottom of the table Ipswich Town on Wednesday night and will be smarting from two soft goals from corners that condemned them to a second defeat of the season against Blackburn at the weekend. It hasn’t been confirmed whether Jansson has been given added leave to deal with the birth of his child and the immediate time afterwards, so there’s no news as to his availability against the Tractor Boys.