Spurs reportedly want Leeds favourite Pontus Jansson, but Wimmer's lack of action serves as a major warning

Pontus Jansson of Leeds United celebrates after the game

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a shock move for Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson.

Pontus Jansson of Leeds United celebrates after the gamePontus Jansson of Leeds United celebrates

According to reports from Swedish newspaper Expressen, Tottenham Hotspur are one of a number of Premier League clubs pursuing the signature of Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson this summer.

Jansson, 26, has been one of the key players in Leeds' pursuit of a play-off place this season, with his performances and incredible passion earning the love of Leeds fans, and rave reviews from pundits.

Having initially joined on loan from Serie A side Torino back in August, Leeds have now agreed a permanent deal for the defender, which will be activated at the end of the season – but Leeds could end up selling him on should they miss out on promotion to the Premier League.

Expressen, back in Jansson's native Sweden, report that Premier League clubs such as Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham are all keen on the centre back after his impressive displays this term, with Spurs a particularly interesting possibility.

Spurs have arguably the Premier League's top centre back partnership in Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, with Eric Dier often used as a third centre back despite also featuring midfield, with Kevin Wimmer and Cameron Carter-Vickers further down the pecking order.

With Wimmer looking set to leave this summer in order to play more first-team football, manager Mauricio Pochettino may be looking to sign a centre back – and Jansson could fit the bill.

Strong, quick, powerful in the air and impressive on the ball, Jansson could be the complete package at centre back, and time spent under Pochettino could improve him, just as Alderweireld did – and at 26, he may be a more dependable option than Wimmer, who has blown hot and cold when given chances.

Pontus Jansson of Leeds United celebrates after the gamePontus Jansson of Leeds United celebrates

Whilst Champions League football and joining a Premier League title contender would be hard to turn down for Jansson, he has to be careful should he decide to leave Leeds this summer.

Jansson made just 25 appearances in two years for Torino, and was cast aside by both Gian Piero Ventura and Sinisa Mihajlovic, with Leeds offering him the chance to finally play first-team football this season.

Jansson's miserable time in Italy could be replicated at Spurs, with Wimmer's lack of playing time – just 14 Premier League appearances – serving as a major warning to Jansson, who surely won't want to go back to being stuck on the bench or in the stands, as he was at Torino.

Joining a Premier League giant like Spurs would mark a meteoric rise from being a Torino cast-off less than 12 months ago, but the defender has flourished with playing time this season – and he must make sure that he gets similar opportunities wherever he is playing next term, with Spurs possibly not the most ideal move on that front.

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