Is Pontus Jansson the player Leeds fans should fear losing the most next summer?

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Pontus Jansson was linked with a summer move away from Leeds United this year, so perhaps similar speculation could arise again next summer.

Pontus Jansson of Leeds United celebrates as Tim Ream of Fulham scores an own goal for their first during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage...

While Chris Wood and Charlie Taylor both left Leeds this summer after months of speculation surrounding their respective futures, one player who stuck at Elland Road despite being linked with a move away was Pontus Jansson.

The Sun suggested in April that Southampton were willing to pay £10 million to sign the centre-back, while Swedish outlet Kvallsposten reported in the same month that Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham may also be interested in the 26-year-old.

Pontus Jansson of Leeds United tackles Fernando Forestieri of Sheffield Wednesday during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on...

While Jansson stayed at Elland Road, there has surely got to be some concern amongst the Whites hierarchy that another excellent season from the former Torino man may see the Premier League interest intensify.

Jansson was often a colossus for Leeds during his season-long loan from the Serie A side, and established himself as a cult-hero having created a brilliant relationship with the supporters. 

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...

That form clearly did not go unnoticed by some of the top clubs in the Premier League. And while the deadline may have come and gone with Jansson still a Leeds player, that interest may perhaps ramp up the pressure to get promoted out of the Championship as soon as possible.

The centre-back may have absolutely no desire to leave Elland Road currently, even if top flight bids were coming in, but if the Whites miss out on promotion once again, he would perhaps be forgiven for at least considering his options if a chance to play at the highest level presented itself.

Playing in the top flight would surely make it easier for the former Malmo man to remain a key part of the Swedish national team. 

And with quality centre-backs arguably incredibly difficult to find, it would be no surprise to see Premier League bids come in for Jansson next summer if he enjoys another brilliant season. And if Leeds fail to get themselves promoted, then perhaps they should prepare themselves for the fact that they may face a fight trying to hold onto one of their key men. 

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