Garry Monk's comments on Leeds star Pontus Jansson take on a new light

Leeds United's Pontus Jansson celebrates scoring his side's equalising goal to make the score 2-2, with Luke Ayling

Leeds United are parting ways with Pontus Jansson.

Leeds United's Pontus Jansson celebrates scoring his side's equalising goal to make the score 2-2, with Luke Ayling

Pontus Jansson's three year stint with Leeds United is at an end after the club surprisingly decided to sell him to Brentford.

The reasoning for the odd decision to sell a fan favourite, according to The Mirror, is that manager Marcelo Bielsa felt Jansson was 'too much of an individual'.

Bielsa is not the first Leeds manager to express concerns about Jansson hindering the team collectively.

 

Former Whites boss Garry Monk, who signed him, once dropped Jansson and said it was for the best of the team.

These comments from 2017 now take on a new light.

After dropping Jansson, Monk told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "I’ve done what’s best for the team and the principles we work to."

Garry Monk the manager

Jansson had to work his way back into the team, and it was never fully explained why Monk saw fit to axe him.

Nonetheless it was a minor black mark against the Swede which has largely been brushed over, until now, with Marcelo Bielsa deciding he wants to forge a new defence without him.

Jansson has been a popular and passionate player on and off the pitch, but it's possible his personality has been deemed as too overbearing by Bielsa.

Now all eyes will turn to how Leeds choose to replace him.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa watches one during the first half during the Sky Bet Championship between Leeds United and Norwich City at Elland Road on February 2, 2019 in Leeds,...

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