Pontus Jansson has explained that Marcelo Bielsa has asked the senior players within the Leeds squad to look after those who are yet to experience a promotion race, and the Swede insisted that he is ready to step up, in comments reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The Whites are looking set to be key players in the Championship promotion battle. They have led the table for much of the season and remain in the top two heading into Wednesday's clash with Swansea City.
Leeds however, have not enjoyed the best run of form since the turn of the year, and the promotion contenders are all starting to bunch up with around 15 games to go.
And Jansson explained that Bielsa has already spoken to some of the key men within the Whites squad about their role over the coming months.
“When we come down to the last five or four games, more things than football that come into the picture,” Jansson said, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “But right now you just focus game to game.
“Marcelo always tells us to focus on the next game but he also asks the more experienced players to take care of the others who haven’t been in this position before. People are relying on us to get back to the Premier League now. This city has woken up and there’s going to be more pressure on every game that comes. The more experienced players need to step forward, and I’ll do that.”
It is no surprise that Jansson is relishing the prospect of helping lead the squad ahead of such a crucial spell. From the outside, there appears to be an almost unprecedented level of team unity that could make a huge difference if the form does go off the boil.
And a win against Swansea will do wonders for Leeds's confidence, especially if other results allow the Whites to put more daylight between themselves and the chasing pack.