Sheffield United Opinion: Why the Blades should go for Pontus Jansson?
According to a report from The Sun, Sheffield United are closing in on Pontus Jansson, who will leave Leeds United after being banned from the training ground.
Jansson, 28, has become a firm fans’ favourite at Elland Road in his three years at the club. Initially joining on loan from Torino, the Swede was bought for £3.5million in summer 2017. He was a key part of the Leeds’ side that reached the playoffs last season.
The report add the Whites skipper has had a huge row with manager Marcelo Bielsa and has been told to stay away from Thorp Arch. Fulham are also believed to be interested in the central defender, but newly-promoted Sheffield United seem to have the advantage.
The Blades made their first signing on Wednesday since returning to the Premier League with QPR midfielder Luke Freeman joining for a club-record fee. They have been slow movers in the summer transfer window but after the addition of Freeman, the fans would hope the pace of the incomings to accelerate.
Chris Wilder has built a strong squad at South Yorkshire but he needs new signings to compete with the Premier League teams.
Despite Wilder having quality central defenders at his disposal, it won’t be a bad idea to add an experienced head to the squad ahead of their next season’s challenge. Having played the three-at-the-back system, the United boss definitely would need depth in his defensive ranks.
Thus, the interest in Pontus Jansson is completely justified and Sheffield United should go all out to sign him.
Jansson has not always been at his best during his time at Leeds so far, but there is no doubt that he is a good defender and is one of the best in his position in the Championship. He is too good for the Championship and a move to the Premier League newcomers should be an opportunity the 28-year-old wouldn’t like to turn down.
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Standing at 6ft 4in, the Swedish international is a strong, powerful, tough-tackling and a no-nonsense defender who never hesitates to throw his body on the line.
He is capable of going toe-to-toe with physically dominant forwards and seems to have well-rounded attributes to play in the English top-flight. All in all, Jansson would be a straight upgrade on United’s Chris Basham.
If the Blades have an ambition of doing well in the Premier League, then they will do everything to their powers to prise Jansson from Leeds.