'I have done some bad things' – Leeds star sold by Bielsa claims he's changed since leaving club
It was a major surprise when Pontus Jansson was sold to Brentford in the summer.
Leeds fans thought he’d taken a backwards step but Brentford are now one of the form teams in the Championship and one of Leeds’ closest rivals for automatic promotion.
Jansson has missed the last four Championship games but is hoping to be fit to play against his former side on Tuesday night.
Ahead of the encounter at Griffin Park he has admitted that he’s toned down his attitude since leaving Elland Road.
Leeds fans loved the passion of Jansson but it came back to bite him on a couple of occasions, most notably when he was the only player who tried to stop Aston Villa scoring after Marcelo Bielsa had instructed his players to concede a goal.
That came towards the end of last season after Leeds had scored while Aston Villa had a player on the ground.
Jansson was furious at Bielsa’s instructions and admitted in an interview in the Guardian, “I have done some bad things on the pitch, like the Aston Villa incident, but that is just how I am.
“On the pitch maybe I am not the best person but off the pitch I am always respectful.
“Maybe it has changed a little bit over the years. When I came three years ago, I needed to come into the league and make myself a name but now, four years later, I am more taking care of my teammates as a captain and trying to help them perform well than looking to myself.”
Jansson admitted “I will love Leeds until I die” but also said that he hoped his former side lose every game this season so Brentford can go up automatically.
Jansson was replaced at Leeds by Ben White, who’s been largely brilliant this season.
However, Leeds’ form has dropped off a cliff in the past couple of months and White was uncharacteristically sloppy on Saturday against Forest.
Several players look defeated and a character like Jansson who doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘quit’ would be invaluable around Elland Road at the moment.
He’s not 100% to play at Griffin Park tomorrow night and many Leeds fans will be hoping he fails a late fitness test.
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