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With player set to leave, this Leeds United man will know he has to up his game next season



It has been a rollercoaster of a week for Leeds United, who have been more than active in the transfer market both in terms of incomings and outgoings.

Manager Marcelo Bielsa has began to reassemble his squad as he looks to guide them one step further next season, in the club’s quest for Premier League football.

The Argentine has brought in his first signings of the summer, with Jack Harrison, Ben White and Jack Clarke arriving on loan – the latter rejoining immediately after signing for Tottenham Hotspur.

Wolves’ Helder Costa has also been their marquee signing – the winger arriving at Elland Road initially on a season-long loan deal, which will be made permanent next summer.

The club have also said their goodbyes, somewhat surprisingly, to Mallik Wilks and Aapo Halme, who have both joined Yorkshire rivals Barnsley despite having impressive campaigns last time out.

But there is set to be a departure at Elland Road that is likely to send shockwaves right through the division, as after weeks of speculation, Pontus Jansson looks set to leave Leeds and join Brentford.

It is understood that the relationship between the defender and his manager isn’t the greatest, and his attitude problems have ultimately put a sad end to what has been an impressive three-year stay at Elland Road.

As soon as he arrived in Yorkshire from Torino in 2016, Jansson has established himself as a loveable figure at Elland Road, as well as proving to be one of the best defenders in the Championship.

The Sweden international has made a total of 120 appearances for the Whites, but is now reportedly closing in on a £5.5million move to Griffin Park.

Jansson’s departure would leave massive shoes to fill, and whilst the club clearly see Ben White as a promising option ahead of the new season, a more senior figure in Gaetano Berardi will surely feel like he has been given a second chance at Elland Road after this latest news.

The Swiss defender endured a tough time with injuries last term, but upon his return to the first-team, he looked shaky, and was sent off in the play-off semi-final defeat to Derby County at Elland Road.

The 30-year-old will definitely be looking to right his wrongs after a frustrating campaign last time out, and will definitely be champing at the bit to play alongside Liam Cooper in the heart of defence should Jansson leave.

People have forgot how good Berardi can be in defence due to injuries and a fluctuation in form, but ahead of the new season, he will be eager to prove his critics wrong.

Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: With player set to leave, this Leeds United man will know he has to up his game next season

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