Pontus Jansson has returned to Leeds and is now under contract with the club for the next three years, hallelujah. Jansson signed a pre-contract deal in February and after an issue with Torino was resolved is back in Leeds to begin a new chapter in his career.
It is a significant moment for Leeds United because Pontus Jansson is without doubt playing at a lower level than his ability matches. The faith shown by Leeds and love he has received off the fans has probably swayed his decision to stay at the club after his loan spell. He was ready to quit football after a series of injuries and a lack of opportunity at Torino in the Serie A. He was then signed by Leeds who were extremely keen to give the player a chance and the match was perfect. Jansson became a hero overnight and has a status at Leeds than many players won’t get close to in a big chunk of their career at the club.
It goes hand in hand because Pontus Jansson earned every single bit of the fans praise and his signing is (in my opinion) the most important at Leeds since relegation from the Premier League all them years ago. The only signing to rival him is Jermaine Beckford in terms of importance. Everything that Leeds can build on from last season branches out from the spine. Pontus Jansson, Ronaldo Vieira and Chris Wood. The fact that Jansson signed for £3.5 million is ridiculous in today’s market and there was talk of a £12 million move to Southampton before the end of last season.
Jansson is a class above and key to the success of the club this season will be finding him a partner to replace Kyle Bartley. If you could choose between the two then obviously Jansson was the clear pick and with Swansea slapping a £7 million price tag on the player it is a deal that simply will not happen. Jansson has settled into everything that Leeds United is all about and the player will bring the level of passion and hunger matched only by the fans at the club, of that there is little doubt. He is one of a kind, and he will be back on the field at Elland Road doing his thing before to long.