By Dave Woods

20th Aug, 2019 | 5:10pm

Leeds fans getting ready for Jansson return

Pontus Jansson was one of the most popular Leeds players over the last two seasons and many fans were gutted, and slightly puzzled, when he left to go to Brentford this summer. 

When Jansson left fans thought it would be for a Premier League club, not for a Championship side a few levels below Leeds.

However, the deal was arranged quickly amid claims that Jansson was a disruptive influence at Leeds and that his relationship with Marcelo Bielsa had broken beyond repair.

Despite that, we’re expecting a big positive reaction for his homecoming on Wednesday night as Brentford visit Elland Road.

Leeds fans always knew Jansson was outspoken and wore his heart on his sleeve. The outburst on Sky Sports when he accused the ref of robbery and which led to a suspension was just one incident in his eventful Leeds career.

Whatever happened behind the scenes at Leeds will be forgotten tomorrow night.

That’s certainly what Bielsa wants. In Tuesday’s press conference (live on the LUFC app), Bielsa asked fans to treat him fairly and to “receive him in the right way”.

In hugely diplomatic and respectful comments he added that Jansson was Leeds’ best player last season and that fans would recognise his contribution to the team.

There might be one or two boos beneath the surface but we’re sure that Jansson will be received well when he steps on the Elland Road pitch for the first time since the terrible play-off semi-final second-leg, when Leeds’ promotion hopes were finally killed off by Derby County.