Leeds United: New recruit Jansson in contention for first start at Hillsborough

Pontus Jansson.
Pontus Jansson.
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LEEDS United head coach Garry Monk has hailed the arrival of on loan defender Pontus Jansson, admitting the Whites were definitely in need of strengthening at centre-back.

Six-foot-five defender Jansson has joined United on a season-long loan from Torino, becoming the club’s 10th signing of a busy summer.

The 25-year-old Swedish international is now immediately available to feature in Saturday’s Yorkshire derby at Sheffield Wednesday, in which Leeds are still seeking their first win of the Championship season after back-to-back losses against QPR and Birmingham City were followed by Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Fulham at Elland Road.

United have conceded six goals in their three league games so far this season and Monk made a change to his defensive line-up on Tuesday when replacing captain Sol Bamba at centre-back with Liam Cooper who partnered Kyle Bartley at the heart of the defence.

Now Monk has another option and the head coach is confident his most recent recruit will prove a big hit at Elland Road.

Jansson signed for United just two days after centre midfielder Liam Bridcutt joined from Sunderland, and Monk said “It’s good to have both of the guys in.

“Pontus comes into an area where defensively we needed to strengthen, especially in the numbers situation in defence.

“He brings great experience, he’s very powerful physically and a good footballer as well.

“He will definitely add quality to that department which we have talked about in terms of the strength of that department so we welcome him.

“It’s good to have him here and, having spoken to him, he’s very looking forward to being part of what we are doing here and I think he will fit in very well.”

Asked if Jansson and Bridcutt would immediately feature at Hillsborough, Monk revealed: “They are all available, that’s the good thing, apart from Berardi who is injured.

“Everyone else is available, they came through the game unscathed and it’s my job, as it is every game, to pick an 18-man squad to go there with what we feel is the best chance of getting the result that we want. It will be for me to decide.”

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