Leeds United chief executive Ben Mansford told BBC Radio Leeds on Wednesday evening that he understands why fans have connected with defender Pontus Jansson.
Jansson, 25, left Italian side Torino to join Leeds on a season-long loan deal back in August, and has quickly proven himself as a top centre back at Elland Road.
Rajiv van La Parra of Huddersfield Town in action with Pontus Jansson of Leeds United
Forming a near impenetrable partnership at centre half with Kyle Bartley, 6ft 5in defender Jansson has been dominant for Leeds, quickly becoming a fan favourite at Elland Road.
His performances have earned him a call-up to the Swedish national team, and he was part of their squad to take on Luxembourg and Bulgaria over the past week, but his focus will now be on facing Derby this weekend.
Jansson's loan deal is set to become a permanent one as soon as he plays 20 games for Leeds, and so far he's up to seven appearances as the deal draws closer by the week, and he's expected to play against Derby to take that deal even nearer.
Blackburn's Danny Graham in action with Leeds' Pontus Jansson
Fans are desperate to get Jansson signed up as soon as possible, and chief executive Ben Mansford has now been asked about the situation.
Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds on Wednesday night, Mansford stated that he can't get the deal done any quicker as the transfer window is closed, and suggested that his signature was a 'great bit of recruitment'.
Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (L) and Pontus Jansson celebrate
Mansford added that Jansson has connected with the Leeds fans due to his passion and never-say-die attitude, and understands why there is such a clamour for him to sign permanently.
“The transfer window is closed so there's nothing we can do anything about that,” said Mansford when asked whether Leeds can sign Jansson permanently now. “Pontus joined us in a great bit of recruitment – I'd seen him, bizarrely, in a pre-season game for Torino just after he'd joined them in 2014. He's a man mountain, and anybody that size who can Cruyff turn like he did in the last few minutes against Barnsley in front of their fans...he's exciting!”
“I think he's just connected with the fans, he's said it as it is, it's heart on the sleeve, it's 'we might not win every game, but we're going to have a right good go', and I think everybody – especially Yorkshire punters – will accept that. We understand there's a clamour for him,” he added.
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