Leeds United v Huddersfield Town: Legend Lorimer says Jansson should start at centre-back against Terriers

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Former Leeds United striker Peter Lorimer wants Garry Monk to turn to new centre-back Pontus Jansson on Saturday as the club’s head coach bids to put a month of defensive errors behind him with a win over Huddersfield Town.

Lorimer called for Jansson to be handed his league debut in the centre of defence for this weekend’s derby at Elland Road, in response to the cheap concessions which limited Leeds to four points from five games in August.

Jansson joined United on a season-long loan from Torino midway through the first month of the term and he made his only appearance to date in a League Cup victory at Luton Town.

Monk switched between Liam Cooper, Kyle Bartley and Sol Bamba at centre-back for Leeds’ five league games but repeated mistakes and Bamba’s sudden departure from Elland Road a week ago could open the door for 6’5” Jansson to start against Championship leaders Huddersfield.

Lorimer told the YEP: “The worrying thing for me is the familiar mistakes at the back. That was a big problem last season and if we’re being honest, it’s been a problem for many years.

“I thought Jansson looked good in the League Cup game at Luton and I’d like to see what he can do. He looks big and strong and we need some mettle in there.”

In an interview with Swedish media, Jansson admitted that a “messy” pre-season had left him short of match fitness on his arrival at Elland Road but said he was firmly in contention to start against Huddersfield.

The 25-year-old spent much of the past two weeks abroad on international duty and was an unused substitute for Sweden in a World Cup qualifier against Holland on Tuesday night.

“The problem (when he first joined Leeds) is that I was not physically ready,” Jansson said. “I had a messy pre-season with injuries but I had the match in the League Cup and it felt good. Now I’ll play, no question about it.”

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