3 managers in a row, are Leeds making terrible Pontus Jansson error?

Pontus Jansson of Sweden celebrates after the victory during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Sweden and Belarus at Friends arena on March 25, 2017 in Solna, .

Pontus Jansson appears to have been snubbed for the captaincy once again.

Leeds United's Swedish defender Pontus Jansson (L) tries to block an attempt from Leicester City's Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho during the English League Cup fourth round football...

Pontus Jansson's agent Martin Dahlin admitted in January that there was a lot of interest in the defender but he had no plans to leave the club mid-season. [via Express]

If Jansson does end up leaving Leeds this summer, the club may kick themselves for refusing to give him a leadership role.

The Swede is the most natural captain in Leeds United's team.

He is an automatic selection, he is vocal, he puts his body on the line, and he inspires both teammates and the crowd.

But now a third manager in succession appears to have decided against handing Jansson the captain's armband.

Pontus Jansson of Sweden during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Sweden and Belarus at Friends arena on March 25, 2017 in Solna, .

In Paul Heckingbottom's defence, making a change mid-season is always tough, but with Liam Cooper suspended, the new manager had the perfect opportunity to make the transition.

Giving Jansson the armband not only is the smart move on the pitch, but it would also increase the player's bond with the club.

It would make it harder for the Swede to walk away and quit the club in the summer if a Premier League opportunity comes along. Not impossible, but certainly tougher.

Pontus Jansson of Leeds United celebrates with team mates after he scores his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on...

If Liam Cooper or Eunan O'Kane was to move on, there would not be an outcry from Leeds fans. If Jansson departed, there will be a mini-meltdown from supporters, seeing it as a huge backwards step for the club.

Combine his importance with his leadership qualities, and it seems Leeds are really missing an opportunity which later could come back to bite them.

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