Having led his Brentford side to an 11th place finish in the Championship last season, Thomas Frank seems determined to get his business done early ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
With Ethan Pinnock, David Raya and Christian Norgaard all making the switch to Griffin Park, it is looking increasingly likely that Pontus Jansson will be following in their footsteps this week.
According to the Daily Mirror, Leeds United have accepted a £5.5m bid from the Bees for the defender who is now set to discuss personal terms with Frank.
If, as expected, this deal does indeed go through, it will be intriguing to see just how big of an impact Jansson can have on the club’s fortunes next season.
Keeping this in mind, we have set out two pros as well as two cons to the Bees completing this switch based on the 28-year-old’s career to date.
Check them out below…
He was mightily impressive last season for Leeds
A domineering presence at the back for Leeds last season, Jansson played an influential role in helping his side secure a third-place finish in the Championship in May by making 39 league appearances under Marcelo Bielsa.
However, despite being impressive throughout the year for the Whites, the Sweden international suffered injury heartbreak ahead of the play-offs which resulted in him having to watch on from the sidelines as his team-mates faltered in his absence.
If the defender can replicate the form that saw him become a real leader at the back for Leeds in a Brentford shirt during the upcoming campaign, there is no reason why Frank’s men cannot push on towards a top-six finish in the Championship.
He could form a fearsome defensive partnership alongside Pinnock
Having already secured the services of Pinnock earlier this month, bringing in Jansson could result in the two central-defenders forming a fearsome partnership at the back for Brentford.
Whereas the former Barnsley ace has no previous experience of playing at Championship level, by learning directly from Jansson, he may be able to make the step-up in level required to thrive in this particular division next season.
He does suffer from the occasional lapse in concentration
Although he has unquestionably made a marked improvement under the guidance of Bielsa over the past 12 months, Jansson is still prone to the odd lapse in concentration.
By letting mistakes creep back into his game at Brentford next season, the defender could end up costing his side considerably as the Championship can be an extremely unforgiving league at times.
Signing him could be a risky long-term investment to make
Whilst there is no doubting that when at his very best Jansson is one of the best defenders in the Championship, signing him for £5.5m is still somewhat of a risk for Brentford.
With promotion to the Premier League being the long-term goal at Griffin Park, questions still remain over whether the former Malmo ace is good enough to play at that particular level.
If they do go up either next year or in 2021 and Jansson cannot hit the ground running in the top-flight, it would not be beyond the realms of possibility that he ends up being shipped out on loan or even sold on for less money by Frank.Like what the FLW have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!