The 2019/20 campaign will be Brentford’s last at Griffin Park before they head into their new stadium next year, and manager Thomas Frank will likely be looking to ensure their summer transfer window sets them up well for the season ahead.
The Bees finished 11th last season, 10 points shy of the play-off places, and Frank will likely be hoping to take the next step and mount a serious play-off challenge.
Brentford will be without a few important players from last season, with defenders Yoann Barbet and Moses Odubajo having left the club this summer, and both Said Benrahma and Neal Maupay linked with moves away.
The club has made some positive moves themselves, bringing in centre-back Ethan Pinnock, goalkeeper David Raya, and defensive midfielder Christian Norgaard, and look set to make a huge move by signing Leeds United centre-back Pontus Jansson
The defender appears to be leaving Elland Road this summer and is, according to West London Sport, having a medical with the Brentford today ahead of joining the club.
We examined Jansson’s league statistics from last season to explore whether the 28-year-old would be a good signing for Frank’s side.
Jansson was an integral part of the success of Bielsa’s side last season, making 39 appearances in the Championship and forming a solid central defensive partnership alongside Liam Cooper, which helped the Whites to keep the third meanest defence in the league.
With an average rating of 7.27 from whoscored.com, the Swede finished as the 11th highest rated player in the league last season and the third highest rated defender, with his defensive partner Cooper second.
Jansson led the Leeds squad in average clearances per game with 4.2 and averaged 2.4 tackles per game, putting him second behind only Kalvin Phillips.
The six-foot-four centre-back was also dominant in the air, winning an average of 4.9 aerial duels per game, which puts him second behind only Cooper in that category in Marcelo Biela’s squad.
The 28-year-old is often praised for his physical strength but last season’s statistics show that he was also comfortable and useful on the ball, making an average of 57.7 passes per game with an impressive pass success rate of 85.6%–the second best of any Leeds player to play more than 1,000 minutes.
Last season’s statistics show how strong defensively Jansson was last season and how important a figure he was for Bielsa’s side.
The Argentine coach appears to have decided Jansson is no longer in his plans and, according to the Mirror, told him to find a new club last month but Leeds’ loss can be the Bees’ gain.
Brentford have already brought in Pinnock, who was named in the EFL League One Team of the Year last season, and pairing him with Jansson in central defence would give the side an excellent foundation for the 2019/20 campaign, and if the duo gel could give them one of the finest centre-back pairings in the league.