By Dave Woods

8th Jul, 2019 | 4:36pm

Is Jansson irreplaceable?

It appears that Pontus Jansson is on his way out of Leeds, with a move to Brentford on the cards pending a medical.

Some Leeds fans think the centre-back is irreplaceable but is that really the case? We investigate…

 

18/19 Championship games 

(Counting games where Jansson played more than 10 minutes)

Games Jansson played: 37 

  • Won: 8
  • Drawn: 2
  • Lost: 1
  • Goals against: 9
  • Average goals conceded per game: 0.81
  • Average points won per game: 2.36

Games Jansson didn’t play: 11

  • Won: 18
  • Drawn: 6
  • Lost: 13
  • Goals against: 45
  • Average goals conceded per game: 1.22
  • Average points won per game: 1.62

Admittedly, this is a small sample size and five of the 11 games Jansson didn’t play in were at the start of the season when Leeds were on fire. But the opponents are fairly representative of the Championship, with games against Derby (three times), Swansea and Bristol City.

In terms of raw stats, Jansson is near the top of the pile in terms of aerial duels (8.64 per 90) but he only won just over half of them – not great for a 6’4″ centre-back [wyscout.com]. He won 35.4% of 7.9 defensive duels.

Compare this with Liam Cooper who won 65% of 7.69 aerial duels per 90 minutes and 40.9% of 8.76 defensive duels.

These stats are illustrated nicely along with all the other defenders in the Championship in the following tweet.

If anyone is irreplaceable from these stats it’s Cooper, not Jansson.

And it was Cooper who made it into the Championship Team of the Season on WhoScored.com.

There’s a lot of emotion from Leeds fans over the exit of Jansson and that’s not surprising for a player who wears his heart on his sleeve.

But he’s not irreplaceable – let’s face it, no player is when it comes down to it. And the fact that he’s moving to Brentford and not the Premier League drives that home.