By Kealan Hughes

14th Jan, 2021 | 7:30pm

Forshaw & Alioski send messages to Pontus Jansson as ex-Leeds ace undergoes surgery

Leeds duo Adam Forshaw and Gjanni Alioski have sent well wishes to former United defender Pontus Jansson following his injury update.

The former Whites centre-back had an unceremonious departure from Elland Road in 2019 following a dispute with Marcelo Bielsa, but has maintained good relations with the club.

Last summer he wished the Whites well after promotion was secured, despite his Brentford team missing out on the Premier League as a result.

The Swede took to Instagram on Thursday to share the news of his successful ankle surgery, and his former teammates didn’t hesitate to wish him well.

Forshaw wished his former skipper good luck knowing full well what it is like to be sidelined with injury, while Alioski referred to him as ‘maschina’, which hints that the pair still get on well.

Strong team spirit

Looking back on the summer of 2019, it is a little sad that we cut ties with Jansson even though it ultimately led to the best outcome for the club.

Ben White was signed as his replacement and the rest is history, but in his three-year spell the 29-year-old was well liked by fans and teammates alike, and he perhaps had more to offer.

His form with Brentford since, helping them to fourth-place in the Championship this term, shows that he is no slouch, and given our own injury problems the centre-back would have a role to play here.

On top of that, his leadership qualities mean he is a good role model to have for young players, though getting rid of his disruptive tendencies has been a benefit.

Nevertheless, the fact Jansson has maintained a relationship with the pair above shows how close the group has been since the 2018/19 season – ever since Bielsa took charge.

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