Pontus Jansson is set for a fresh challenge away from Leeds United, with reliable reports from BBC Radio Leeds confirming that the Swedish international is expected to join Brentford at some point this week.
Leeds have benefitted from Jansson’s service for the last three years, but Phil Hay has noted that the relationship between the club and the 28-year-old has broken down recently, with the Whites sighting a couple of attitude problems with their star defender.
That isn’t likely to put Brentford off, though, they will have watched Jansson over the last three years in the Championship and will realise this a quality defender, who on his day, is one of the best outside of the Premier League.
I’m hearing Brentford are set to sign Pontus Jansson. Details to be confirmed but It’s pending a medical so unlikely to be announced until next week when the Bees are in Austria for pre season. #lufc pic.twitter.com/HbEn0cmWUV
— Adam Pope (@apopey) July 6, 2019
The Premier League has been Jansson’s aim for the last three seasons with Leeds, and although that target hasn’t been met, the Whites have gone close and last season finished third in the table after looking like certainties for automatic promotion for so long.
Naturally, the Whites will be amongst the favourites again next season, but just because Jansson is departing, his aims shouldn’t change, promotion will still feel a possibility down in London with Brentford.
Yes, the Bees don’t have the history of a club like Leeds or the support from the terrace, but they’ve got an outstanding squad and an impressive young coach in Thomas Frank. Last season was turbulent for the Bees after Dean Smith’s departure, but they should’ve done better and will be at the very least aiming for the top-six next season.
Leeds have issues with Jansson’s attitude and feel it’s the right decision to move him on from the dressing room. Bielsa is on board with the sale.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) July 6, 2019
But, in a Championship that’s so unpredictable, more could be achieved at Griffin Park, especially when you consider they’re bringing a player of Jansson’s ability on board to complement a side that love to attack.
In Ollie Watkins, Neal Maupay, Said Benrahma and Sergi Canos, Brentford have an electric attack who were involved in 52 goals and 35 assists last season – an incredible figure for four combined players. Of course, Maupay is attracting serious interest from Sheffield United, whilst the other three will have their admirers, but keeping them together has to be a priority, especially with a statement signing like Jansson on the way in.
Jansson will want assurances that Brentford are going to challenge for promotion next season, and one way the Bees can prove to him that they are serious contenders is by rebuffing derisory bids for their current stars.
If the squad the Swede is joining is kept together, he will be confident of competing at the top of the Championship once more and maybe even achieving what he failed to do in three years with Leeds.