When Leeds United decided to sell Pontus Jansson to Championship rivals Brentford in July, many eyebrows were raised is disbelief. The Swedish international was one of the better players in the Championship last season and Leeds sold him for a measly £5.5m.
Two reasons have been sited by local and trusted reporters for the transfer, with one being a move by the club to balance the books in the name of Financial Fair Play and the other being that the harmony of the squad was being negatively influenced by the 28-year-old defender.
Fast-forward a few weeks with the season firmly underway and a player who most Leeds fans wanted rid of in the summer, Kiko Casilla, has started to win the hearts of supporters both with his sometimes crazy antics and his comfortable ability with the ball at his feet, actually out passing ALL opposing players in their last three matches.
This Wednesday Brentford travelled to Leeds United for the first clash since Jansson’s switch, with Leeds United eventually running out 1-0 winners due to a late goal from on loan Arsenal midfielder Eddie Nketiah, with Jansson playing well in the heart of the Brentford defence, but the Swede was visually emotional throughout the game.
After the match, Pontus Jansson took to social media to sum up his thoughts on the game, but it is the reply from Casilla, jibing that Leeds are top of the league, that brought about a reaction from fans…
Quite an honest assessment by Jansson, who obviously still hold plenty of love for his former employers and their fans, but the fans themselves were more delighted by Casilla’s reply…
If we go up I will feel for PJ as we should have gone up last season in my book Roofe to, these guys gave there all last season respect to them ..M.O T
— Eddie brown (@Rochdalebuddha) August 23, 2019
Not the return the Swede would have been hoping for, but the callings from the Leeds fans after the game, wanting Jansson to run to them with clenched fists (as was customary while in a Leeds shirt), show that there is still a fair amount of mutual love there.