Leeds United cult hero Jansson warns rivals his best is still to come

Leeds United centre-back Pontus Jansson. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Leeds United centre-back Pontus Jansson. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

LEEDS UNITed centre-back Pontus Jansson is warning Championship strikers that his best is yet to come, declaring: “I have a big body and have to work to get in 100 per cent shape.”

Jansson missed United’s first game of the season at Bolton Wanderers through suspension after his first campaign at Leeds ended early after the accumulation of yellow cards earned the defender a three-match ban.

Pontus Jansson in typically robust action against Preston North End. PIC: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Pontus Jansson in typically robust action against Preston North End. PIC: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The 26-year-old also returned to pre-season training later than the rest of the squad after the defender’s honeymoon and wedding.

Jansson, though, has slotted seamlessly into the Leeds back four with the defender playing the full 90 minutes of United’s last two games against Preston North End and Fulham which have both resulted in clean sheets through goalless draws.

Saturday evening’s Championship trip to Sunderland is next – and six-foot-five Jansson says he is improving all of the time.

“This pre-season was a bit ‘special’,” Jansson told the YEP. “I came in one or two weeks later than the others and then I knew that I was suspended so it was a bit of a messy pre-season for me.

“My first game against Preston was a bit different because that was the first 90 minutes I had played in like four or five months.

“It’s going to take a couple of games to be in 100 per cent form.

“In the last game against Fulham I felt good and much better than the Preston game but it’s natural – I have a big body and I have to work to get in 100 per cent shape. But it’s feeling better and better and I work really hard.”

Jansson was speaking at Leeds Children’s Hospital with the Swede having purchased two Leeds United season tickets and donating them to the hospital to encourage young patients along to Elland Road.

Explaining his act of generosity, Jansson said: “For me it’s just a small thing.

“I came up with the idea to get children to come to the games so I paid for two season tickets so a different couple of children can come to every game.

“It’s a small thing for me but it mans so much for them and when they are happy I am also happy.

“I remember when I was a kid and the biggest day in the week for me was when I went to the games to see my team play.

“I hope that ,because of this, these children can have the same feeling.”

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