, Leeds United: Jansson not a certainty after 20 games – Hay

Leeds United: Jansson not a certainty after 20 games – Hay

Since suffering defeat, a 1-0 loss to rivals Huddersfield Town, in his debut, Pontus Jansson has been part of a Leeds United side that has kicked on up the table. However, according to Yorkshire Evening Post (YEP) journalist Phil Hay on Twitter (@PhilHayYEP), his stay at Elland Road may not be a certainty.

Since that 1-0 defeat, one that left Leeds in 22nd place after six games and on only four points, the Whites have really hit the straps and in the 17 games since they have gained 37 points and climbed 17 places to fifth in the league.

Of course it would be ridiculous to put all that improvement down to Jansson as some kind of footballing Hercules going about his labours, but he has helped to galvanise a much more solid defence. Alongside Kyle Bartley, he has helped to strengthen that central defensive core, giving some sense of cohesion to a much better unit.

Taken to their hearts by the fans, and lauded as the best defender we’ve had in many a year, Jansson has definitely been something of a hit during his brief time at Elland Road. However, as Leeds fans are painfully aware, Jansson is only on a loan deal at Elland Road from Serie A side Torino – a side where he has endured a torrid time.

Details behind his arrival at Leeds, as well as the actual composition of the deal came, at the time of his arrival, via Swedish publication KvällsPosten. It seems the main reason that the tall Jansson is to arrive at Elland Road is a falling out of sorts with Torino over a promised contract extension and a more prominent role in the Italian side. According to KvällsPosten, “the parties were already a month ago agreed on an extension. Jansson then signed a four-year contract that would increase his salary significantly.”

It appears that the club reneged on the deal with the contract being taken back “before the club managed to sign it.” The article then goes on to say that this likely hastened his desire to remove himself from the club, with Leeds said to be his likely destination. Jansson arrived at Elland Road and it wasn’t long before other details of the deal began to emerge.

KvällsPosten then drip-fed through some details that shed a little light on the fineries of the deal itself. Whilst it is an initial loan deal, there will be a purchase element which the Swedish publication say will be triggered if Jansson plays 20 or more games. The purchase price has been set at 40m Kroner (£3.65m), which would make him the club’s most valuable player. This 20-game clause has since been confirmed by Jansson himself in numerous interviews.

However, in answering a question from a Leeds United fan on Twitter (below), The YEP’s Hay throws a degree of shadow on the certainty of Jansson arriving at Leeds on a permanent deal on the playing of his 20th game, which is scheduled to be against Rotherham at Elland Road in the first fixture of 2017.

This response triggered more questions from Leeds United fans, including this one from Twitter user The Earth Is Flat.

If, indeed, the arrival of Pontus Jansson permanently at Elland Road is merely an ‘option’, then this may be a blow to a large majority of Leeds United fans who see the rangy Swede as something of a talisman to recent improvements and performances. However, there is not a single Leeds United fan that wouldn’t urge the club to take up that option and make the cultured centre-back a permanent fixture in the Whites’ set-up.

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