Pontus Jansson made a surprise exit from Leeds United this summer and ended up signing for Brentford.
Sol Bamba has claimed that the problem with the now-departed Pontus Jansson was that he wouldn’t be willing to listen to Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa.
Earlier on this month, centre-back Jansson, who has been a key figure for the Elland Road outfit during these past three seasons, parted ways with the club and ended up joining Brentford.
If Jansson had left Leeds this season for another top-tier side then fans would not have been surprised because he has the qualities to play at the top level, but a move to Brentford suggests that there were other reasons behind his departure.
Speaking to Sky Sports News (31/07/2019 at 11:10 am), former Leeds defender Bamba raved about Jansson’s ability but made a stunning claim about how his off-the-field actions may have cost him.
“Jansson left, which isn’t going to help because he is a big player for them and a big character,” Bamba told Sky Sports News. “You do need those players in your team if you want to do well.
“I think clearly he is a top player and he’s a leader. You need that in the dressing room. But I think where the fans have got a bit of a mixed feeling is because sometimes he doesn’t want to listen to the manager. The manager is the boss and you need to follow what he says.
“I think the best thing for Leeds, that’s why they did it, was for him to move on. But I think he’s a big loss for Leeds United.”
Leeds are yet to replace Jansson at the back and with deadline day fast approaching it seems as though they may be happy with the defensive players they have at their disposal.
It would be a mistake by the Yorkshire club if they don’t attempt to replace him because regardless of why he left, when he took to the field for Leeds, he produced a number of outstanding performances.
Bielsa will, at this moment in time, be preparing his team for the new Championship season, with Leeds taking on Bristol City on Sunday.