Garry Monk explains what Pontus Jansson brings to Leeds United

Pontus Jansson

The Leeds boss is pleased with the arrival of the Swedish international.

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Leeds United completed the eye-catching signature of Torino defender Pontus Jansson on a loan deal this week.

The Swedish international arrives on an initial temporary basis with a potential for the deal to become permanent at the end of the season.

For Leeds boss Garry Monk his arrival is seen as a big coup.

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Speaking at his press conference today, and as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Monk made it clear he was pleased with the signature:

“Pontus comes into an area where defensively we needed to strengthen, especially in the numbers situation in defence. He brings great experience, he’s very powerful physically and a good footballer as well.

“He will definitely add quality to that department which we have talked about in terms of the strength of that department so we welcome him.

Sol Bamba celebrates after scoring the first goal for Leeds UnitedSol Bamba celebrates after scoring the first goal for Leeds United

“It’s good to have him here and, having spoken to him, he’s very looking forward to being part of what we are doing here and I think he will fit in very well.”

Jansson has certainly got pedigree. The 25-year-old has eight caps for the Swedish national team and impressed enough with Malmo to earn himself a move to a big club such as Torino.

Leeds will be hoping Jansson can improve the defence at Elland Road. The form of Sol Bamba has been questionable so far this season. It has seen many Leeds fans call on Monk to potentially drop the Ivorian, even though he is club captain.

Leeds United manager Gary MonkLeeds United manager Gary Monk

Kyle Bartley, a loan signing from Swansea City, has not yet won over fans either.

Jansson, who is available for the Yorkshire derby with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough this weekend, will hopefully improve the situation at the back.

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