Speaking to Football Insider, Noel Whelan has expressed that he believes Pontus Jansson will be leaving Elland Road this summer.
The BBC pundit has said that he expects the Swede to join a Premier League club this summer, but he thinks he will struggle with the step up to the top-flight.
What’s been said then?
Whelan has said that he expects the defender to command around a £10 million fee, and he thinks a Premier League club will be in for him.
“I think Jansson will leave and possibly for around the £10million mark,” he told Football Insider. “I’m sure some Premier League clubs might take a chance on him, some of the lower ones or the teams that have just gone up (Norwich and Sheffield United).
“Personally, I don’t think he is Premier League quality. Yes, he plays for Sweden. But too many Premier League forwards will pick at his weaknesses.
“He will struggle in the Premier League. I’m sure he will get an opportunity to move and I definitely think he will be leaving the club.”
This isn’t the first time the former striker has cast doubts over the centre-back’s future, following the Whites’ loss to Derby he said:
“Pontus Jansson is certain to go. From what I saw after the game on Wednesday – looking across the pitch for ages and sat in the dugout – all these little things and other things you hear, I don’t think he will be here next season.”
Overestimating his value
Although Whelan may be right about Jansson not being at Elland Road next term, he is being very ambitious when speaking about his transfer fee.
£10 million is too much for a player who he said himself would struggle in the top flight. At times this season, the centre-back has looked unreliable at the back for the Whites, and there is an argument to be made that his stock has actually fallen in the last 12 months despite Leeds’ best campaign in years.
Jansson hasn’t looked at his best since Bielsa came to the club, and Whelan’s comments about his weaknesses show that Leeds fans perhaps don’t rate him as highly as they used to.
The Yorkshire club’s interest in Yoann Barbet may be a sign that the 28-year-old is headed out the door this summer, but if Whelan can confidently say that he isn’t Premier League quality then why would any top-flight side splash £10 million on him?