Pontus Jansson has said that he is ashamed of the team this year, the Swedish international bagged his third goal of the season at Reading on Saturday but didn’t even celebrate, a sign of the times at Leeds United. We are now heading onto the middle of March and we have won one game since the turn of the year, a horrible record.
As we entered 2018 we still had a very real possibility of making the play-offs but that soon evaporated, a bit like the team spirit and passion from most of the players. The Samu Saiz spitting incident was the end for Thomas Christiansen according to the man himself and in all fairness it probably did end our season, since he’s come back he hasn’t been the same as he was at the start of the season anyway and any last gasp chances we had to make a push for the play-offs went rather quickly. Paul Heckingbottom is realising the task ahead of him and that the players he currently has simply won’t do.
Pontus Jansson has been off form himself and there are a few simple reasons for that. The first is that his partner has gone from Kyle Bartley, one of the best in the division to either Liam Cooper or Matthew Pennington, combined they probably don’t even get to the level of Kyle Bartley. The second one is even more simple, he isn’t playing well himself. Diogo Jota burned him last week in the game between ourselves and Wolverhampton Wanderers and that simply wouldn’t have happened last season. His confidence is shot as is most of the other players and that has really cost us in the last few months. Jansson says the players need to have some “balls” now, and the fans can relate to what he says, and what Adam Forshaw has said, shame some of the others can’t follow this pair.