Leeds boss Garry Monk must accept Pontus Jansson's suspension is a worthwhile price to pay

Leeds manager Garry Monk talks to Pontus Jansson

Jansson will miss Leeds' next game after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season last time out.

Leeds manager Garry Monk talks to Pontus JanssonLeeds manager Garry Monk talks to Pontus Jansson

In the wake of Leeds United's defeat to Newcastle on Sunday, it would hardly have been a surprise if some of Garry Monk's frustration was centred around Pontus Jansson's yellow card.

The Sweden international was cautioned for dissent after the referee turned down a penalty appeal during the clash at Elland Road (via Yorkshire Evening Post).

And in the side's final game before the international break - a 3-2 win over Norwich - he was also booked after celebrating his goal with the away supporters at Carrow Road, which led Monk, who was perhaps mindful of taking some of the gloss off of a tremendous win, to suggest that he needs to be careful of picking up needless cautions in future (via Yorkshire Evening Post).

Unfortunately for Monk and Jansson however, this latest yellow means that the 25-year-old will be suspended for the trip to Rotherham this weekend.

Leeds' Pontus Jansson celebrates scoring their first goalJansson's celebration against Norwich led to a booking

But while the circumstances surrounding those last two bookings may annoy the Leeds boss, it would surely be a huge mistake if Monk was to try and get Jansson to change his style.

The on-loan defender has been a colossus for the Whites and has arguably been the best centre-back that the club have had in recent years, with Kyle Bartley surely being his only rival for that title. 

Rajiv van La Parra of Huddersfield Town in action with Pontus Jansson of Leeds UnitedJansson has been sensational for Leeds this term

His full-blooded and seemingly emotional mentality may land him in trouble sometimes, but it has also saved Leeds on several occasions, and it is difficult to imagine that his teammates are not inspired when they see how much it means to Jansson to succeed every week.

Liam Cooper is also a more than capable understudy to come in when his teammate does serve a suspension, so while Monk may possibly be unhappy with his defender's conduct, it is surely vital that he does not look to suppress the key to Jansson's success. 

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