There’s not even a debate to have in all honesty but I’ll compare the two anyway because when all is said and done Bamba had some decent spells in a Leeds shirt and he will have some good memories of the club despite the way he ended up leaving. Bamba was actually very similar to Jansson when he arrived, dubbed the saviour of Leeds’ horrific defending.
Bamba was given the captaincy whilst on loan and I remember some huge performances from the ex-Ivory Coast international. He put his body on the line for the team and seemed to take the club by storm as we moved away from danger under Neil Redfearn. It didn’t take long for us to see some of the other side to Bamba. I remember Watford at home, a couple of months after his arrival. 2-0 up inside 20 minutes before an absolute shambolic performance from the defenders.
Troy Deeney capitalised on some generous defending before the break and I can’t really remember the second. The third I will remember for a while. Bamba let Vydra go again, and when he had the chance to clear he fell and stood on the ball, Vydra just slotted it into the empty net. Bamba kept the captaincy but with the likes of Liam Bridcutt arriving he was never going to hold onto it for too long. I think he got complacent at the club and Garry Monk simply wasn’t going to stand for it, this is a new Leeds United.
Pontus Jansson has arrived with a bang. Swedish international (current) and a player who arrived with a glowing reputation. Not all of the players we signed from Italy have been a disaster, look at Swiss full-back Gaetano Berardi who is one of the most loved footballers to have been at the club in years. Jansson is on loan from Torino, and when (and not if) he reaches 20 games we will sign him on a permanent deal, something I expect him to do before Christmas, allowing him to sign up in January. He made 17 clearances on Saturday at Cardiff, a remarkable statistic, most of which came from set-pieces, something Leeds couldn’t defend up until he played his first game.
Jansson is one of the most talked about players at the club now and he’s only played 3 games. His passion and pride is there for all to see and if you don’t make the games and witness it fist hand then get yourself on Twitter and look at what he puts up after games.
Verdict – Pontus Jansson
Next up will be Bellusci vs Bartley, followed by Ayling and Wootton.