Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has been linked with a shock exit.
Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has been linked with a shock departure from the club... to sign West Bromwich Albion, according to a report from Swedish outlet Expressen.
Jansson has regularly expressed his commitment to Leeds, while also stating his desire to play in the Premier League.
Recently relegated Albion do not fit the bill for a top flight club, but there are reasons why a switch should not be automatically ruled out.
Here is a look at three reasons why Jansson could depart...
A better chance
Jansson may simply look at the two squads and feel West Bromwich Albion stand a better chance of promotion than Leeds United do.
The bookies would agree, making West Brom just second favourites behind Stoke City.
West Brom have more funds to sign players due to parachute payments and have several Premier League standard players already, having been unfortunate to get relegated from the top flight last season.
Speaking of funds... West Brom are reportedly closing in on signing Kyle Bartley.
Bartley played alongside Jansson in 2016/17 for Leeds and the pair could renew their successful partnership together.
Seeing Bartley sign for West Brom from Swansea could persuade Jansson to follow.
Perhaps Jansson simply needs a change of scene after two seasons at Leeds.
The Whites may have hired Marcelo Bielsa, but they have shown a lack of nous in the transfer market this summer, failing so far to sign any players on permanent deals.
Jansson said before the summer he wanted to see the club show ambition, and while they have been aiming high, they have nothing to show for it.
Supporters are fed up already this summer, and while Jansson's departure would be a kick in the teeth, could fans really blame him right now?