Simon Grayson comments on Pontus Jansson's future

Simon Grayson manager

Leeds United may be forced to offload some players this summer.

Leeds United's Pontus Jansson reacts in the closing stages during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Second Leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on May 15, 2019 in...

Ex-Leeds United boss Simon Grayson has told Goal that he thinks Pontus Jansson is more expendable than the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Jack Clarke and Kemar Roofe.

The Whites missed out on promotion to the Premier League by losing to Derby County in the playoff semi-finals, squandering a 2-0 aggregate lead.

Marcelo Bielsa appears to be staying at Elland Road for another year, but Financial Fair Play regulations may mean that Leeds need to sell a player or two this summer.

 

A host of players have been linked away already, but there are fears that defender Pontus Jansson will be on the move in the coming weeks.

The Swede, 28, was left on the bench for the second leg against Derby, and Calciomercato recently claimed that Benfica are keen to bring Jansson to Portugal.

After missing out on promotion, Jansson may well be tempted to move on and play at a higher level, and ex-Leeds boss Grayson seems to be open to selling the centre back.

Simon Grayson manager

Grayson feels that Jansson is impressive when he's concentrating, but thinks that Clarke, Phillips and Roofe are far more important, meaning Jansson should be sold before any of those three, reserving special praise for Phillips amid claims from the Daily Mail that Aston Villa will try to sign him.

“There are other players I would want to keep ahead of Pontus Jansson,” said Grayson. “People like Kalvin Phillips and Jack Clarke, the younger players who can be the bedrock of Leeds for the next few years. I think Jansson does well when he concentrates on what he is there to do, in terms of being a defender”

“Of course, they want to try and keep hold of them if possible, but players have been sold in the past to finance the next group of players. Roofe has proved he is goalscorer and Phillips, with his versatility and age, his ability on the ball, he is such a key player for what Leeds have done this season. I think he has a really bright future in front of him and let's hope they can keep hold of him,” he added.

Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips in action during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off  First Leg match between Derby County and Leeds United at Pride Park Stadium on May 11, 2019 in Derby,...

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