By Dave Woods

3rd Aug, 2019 | 10:00am

Fans likely to be upset with Bielsa comments on Jansson

Leeds fans have been hit with the shock news that Kemar Roofe is on the brink of a move to Anderlecht, with journalist Phil Hay saying Belgian sources are very confident the deal will go through. 

That’s a blow on the eve of the new Championship season and fans will have been left infuriated after comments made by manager Marcelo Bielsa in his first pre-season press conference on Friday.

He said that he was unclear about the Roofe situation but he did comment on the sale of Pontus Jansson earlier in the summer.

At the time, Jansson said that he’d been sold for financial fair play reasons, while the noise coming from Leeds suggested a problem with his attitude and that he was sold because he was a disruptive influence.

In the press conference on Friday (as quoted by Phil Hay), Bielsa said that Jansson was the best player at Elland Road last season and that FFP was a factor in the sale.

“You have to take care of the club”, Bielsa said.

That’s all well and good but given the close nature of the relationship between Jansson and the fans, it would have been better to have said nothing than to drag up the spectre of FFP again.

Leeds fans are pragmatic about the financial state of their club but £5.5m is a low fee for a player who was the best performer at a club who very nearly got promoted.

Bielsa isn’t going to want to air dirty laundry in public but if there was an issue with Jansson then surely it’s better to say nothing than to give fans the excuse to see the club as selling their best player at under market value.

The deal to Brentford went through quickly and we think there’s more to it than FFP. But the fans aren’t happy and with Roofe potentially going to Anderlecht, there could be some murmurings of dissent at the opening game of the season against Bristol City.