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Brentford boss warns his side they can’t just rely on star defender

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has warned his side that they can’t just rely on star defender Pontus Jansson according to the Evening Standard.

The Bees take on Leeds United this evening where Jansson will return to face his former club for the first time since making the move from Elland Road to Griffin Park this summer.

The defender has already established himself as a key figure in the Brentford defence but Frank has expressed his desire to not just rely on Jansson and that the whole team must step up.

However despite the head coachs’ willingness to work as a team he admits that Jansson will be an important player for the club. “Yeah, but not only in that game. In the first three games and the following 42 games he needs to be a leader and a strong personality for us.”

“We need more than Pontus. In a game like that you need at least seven or eight players to hit a good, top performance. Then you can have maybe two or three who don’t hit their top.”

Jansson left Leeds in the summer stating his former club ‘needed the money’ but Leeds boss Marco Bielsa recognises the threat and quality of the defender.

“He deserves to be received with the right reception for him,” said Bielsa of Jansson. “He was the best player of the team last season.”

“I cannot talk about the previous years because I wasn’t working with him but he did a high level last season.”

Brentford have had an inconsistent start to the Championship season with a win, a draw and a defeat to start their campaign and now face a tough test as they travel to Leeds who are currently second in the division.

The Whites are one of the few unbeaten teams so far and will be looking to extend that run this evening.

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