"We are all united" - Garry Monk rejects talk of fall-out with dropped Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson

Pontus Jansson has been a revelation on loan at Leeds this season
Pontus Jansson has been a revelation on loan at Leeds this season
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GARRY Monk says there have been no problems with Pontus Jansson, 12 days after the Swedish centre-back was dropped for the Championship win against Brighton.

Jansson has proved a revelation since arriving at Leeds United from Torino last summer but the 26-year-old was surprisingly demoted to the bench for the Saturday evening Elland Road clash with Brighton before the international break.

Liam Cooper instead partnered Kyle Bartley at centre-back as United went on to record a 2-0 victory and head coach Monk kept his cards close to his chest when asked about his decision, confirming that Jansson was not injured and that he had done "what's best for the team and the principles we work to."

Jansson has since spoken about the episode in the Swedish media, saying that the reasons would stay between him and Monk but that he both accepted and "fully" respected his head coach's decision.

Jansson also applauded the influence that Monk has had so far on his own development since his switch to Leeds.

The defender has now linked back up with the Whites after being on international duty with Sweden and Monk insisted there had been no issues since the the centre-back's return.

Asked if there had been any problems with Jansson following his exclusion from the starting XI against Brighton, Monk said: "No. It's my job to make decisions that are best for the group and best for this team to be able to win games and get results.

"And also it's always going to be about following the principals that we have.

"I spoke about this last week and the group are very united.

"Pontus is an important part of this group - as are all of the players - and we are here together.

Jansson was dropped from the Leeds team that beat Brighton

Jansson was dropped from the Leeds team that beat Brighton

"We are very united and we are ready for these last eight games."

Asked if Jansson would return to the side for Saturday evening's Championship clash at fifth-placed Reading, Monk reasoned: "I'll make the decision that I need to make and how I want to make it and what's always best for the team. I'll always do that.

"All the players that have played this season, all of them have contributed and whenever we have made changes, everyone has come in and performed very well so that will continue in the last eight games. It's no different from all the other games that we have played."

Thomas Christiansen directs his players from the sidelines at Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon. 
Picture: Bruce Rollinson

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