There are various motivations that can help a player re-discover their form, or even first come into their best form. Pontus Jansson has one of the biggest for a footballer, heading to the World Cup in Russia in just eight months time. Sweden overcame all the odds to knock out the Italians, and now the focus is back on club duties.
Nobody gave Sweden a hope against the blue of Italy but they overcame the tie after a 1-0 home win and unbelievable defensive display at the San Siro last night which ended in huge celebrations at the home of the Italians. Jansson was part of those celebrations despite being an unused sub in the game and he is comfortably in the squad at this stage. However things can change of course, look at England as a prime example, Ruben Loftus-Cheek arguably the best player on the park on Friday night and now he is probably in line for a call-up in the next squads, and there are only a few more before the announcement of the World Cup squad. Form changes situations and Jansson hasn’t been in good form of late.
Without doubt in is best form Jansson is great to have in the Sweden side, a side that isn’t blessed with a huge pool of talent. The retirement of Zlatan Ibrahimovic seemed to end any chance they had of success in the qualifiers but they have pulled together and will be heading to Russia with very little expectation. Sweden have long been a solid squad with one or two stars, Ibrahimovic and Henrik Larsson the two that spring to mind but away from that it’s all about team spirit and togetherness, something that Jansson is a key part of at club level with ourselves, we just haven’t seen it for a couple of months from most of the squad.
Jansson will want to make sure that his spot in Russia is secure and we all know that the season building up to a major tournament is when certain players left their game to another level and hopefully Jansson can get back to his level that makes him the most important player at Leeds United. We need him now more than we ever have and he probably knows that as much as we do. Thomas Christiansen has some serious pressure on his shoulders currently and starting with Boro we really need to turn this recent form around. If we lose the next couple of games the Andrea Radrizzani will have a decision to make and we all hope it doesn’t come to that.