It’s one of the common themes of any recent Leeds transfer window – ‘Pontus Jansson is leaving’.
‘He’s not happy’. ‘The club’s not happy with him’. ‘He wants to play in the Premier League’.
Leeds fans are used to it by now but plenty still fall for it every time.
And the rumours are picking up pace again with some Leeds fans running with speculation that Jansson and Marcelo Bielsa have had an irreconcilable fallout.
The rumours all seem to start from the game against Aston Villa when Jansson was the only player to go against Bielsa’s orders to let Villa score.
Football Insider was the first outlet to report on the supposed fallout and quoted a source saying, “Jansson doesn’t get on with Marcelo Bielsa, I know that for a fact, and that’s been the case for some time after they had a falling-out.
“I know he said Jansson has been the best player this season, but the two of them have not had a good relationship at all.”
However, Pontus’ brother Peter Jansson said these stories were “fake news”.
Talking on the end of May episode of the Square Ball podcast, former YEP journalist Phil Hay speculated that Jansson would be the most likely player to be sold in the summer if Leeds wanted to raise money. He didn’t mention any falling out and he’s got his fingers on the Leeds pulse.
However, Jansson was dropped – supposedly injured – for both play-off games, despite being fit enough for the bench in the second leg of the semi-final against Derby.
Peter Jansson was back again on Tuesday to refute the latest round of rumours. He responded to a Leeds fan who said, “Bye, bye Pontus Jansson. One shouldn’t argue with Marcelo Bielsa.”
Jansson sent a reply that translates, “This is nothing to worry about”.
Inga bråk öht Uffe.
— Peter Jansson (@pejansson) July 2, 2019
So, is he going or staying?
Jansson hasn’t reported back for pre-season yet but that in itself isn’t that meaningful – he was late last season because of international matches.
However, Football Insider is normally a very reliable source of information. Peter Jansson should know what’s going on but isn’t going to say anything that would be to the detriment of his brother’s career.
Leeds have signed another centre-back – Ben White from Brighton – but a report suggests that Aapo Halme is on his way out. That would make one in, one out in a position that Leeds struggled with last season. If Jansson was to go, Leeds would need to replace him.
So far this summer Leeds have stuck with their policy of securing Premier League players on loan. Given that, there’s no imperative to sell Jansson but that doesn’t mean he’s going to stay.
Rumour Buster verdict
Ignore the noise – Jansson is a Leeds player. Until a reputable source says otherwise we’re not going to get swept up in the hysteria.