We all love Pontus Jansson on and off the pitch and as his quotes filtered through today at the pre-game presser they were exactly what we wanted to hear. Since arriving at the club Pontus Jansson has been a key figure for the football club, helping to re-create the bond between fans and players, and today he has told his team-mates to be ready for war in the West vs South Yorkshire Derby on Sunday.
Jansson told the press, “Leeds have had 15 tough years. Now we’re on the way back. People can hate us, I don’t care. This is true and it is that “us against the world mentality” that has suited us so well over the years, I think it’s quite clear that we are the most hated club around and it has never bothered us. Jansson was very powerful when talking about the game on Sunday saying, “We have to go out like 11 animals and be prepared for war because that’s what it’s going to be”. This message will ring around the ears of players and fans alike as the sides walk out on Sunday not long after noon, and it get’s us pumped up even more than we already are.
Jansson went on to discuss his central defensive partner on Sunday (most probably) in Matthew Pennington. He said that the Everton loanee reminds him of Victor Lindelof, “They’re similar as football players but also as people, nice and calm”. Pennington impressed on his return from injury at Cardiff and is expected to start the game on Sunday although Conor Shaughnessy will feel he has a good chance of starting the game with some impressive performances in the absence of Pennington. Jansson was keen to heap the pressure on Sheffield Wednesday too, “They have pressure on them. We have pressure on us but there’s bigger pressure on them because they have started badly.” The game will be fierce but we have to keep our heads and make sure we play on the fact Wednesday are struggling very bad.