Has Pontus Jansson really been shit?
Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post takes a look at Jansson’s stats, most of which are similar to last year when he was one of the best defenders in the Championship for much of the season. What is different then? Jansson’s not been as aggressive, avoiding yellow cards. But maybe that’s what makes him so great?
Hay also relates that the loss of Kyle Bartley may be making the defensive paring a little tamer this year, as no matter how good Liam Cooper, Conor Shaughnessy, and Matthew Pennington have been, they haven’t been as good as Bartley. While Bartley isn’t coming back, Cooper and Pennington both have an opportunity to step up. Either way, Jansson is being a bit hard on himself.
On to the links
Leeds United Links
Our own Christian Lawley takes us back to the summer of 1996. [Through It All Together]
The Sun put out a rumour that Leeds are interested in a loan deal for a young Manchester United striker, because the crappy Manchester United loanee not getting any match time would apparently like a friend to sit with while they’re both not playing. [Through It All Together]
Leeds City Council gave the go-ahead to enter into talks with Leeds in regards to redevelopment around Elland Road. [Through It All Together]
England and English football Links
World Football Links
The LigaMX club C.D. Guadalajara, better known as Chivas, is a club known for its policy of only fielding Mexican players and being very “pro-Mexico.” So how did an American who doesn’t speak Spanish come to love the club? [FMF State of Mind]
After the Crew announced their intent on leaving Columbus, rumours started that a few USL (the US 3rd division) teams would be moving or shutting down, including the Philadelphia Union’s affiliate, the Bethlehem Steel. The Union put out an extremely lukewarm statement that didn’t deny any reports of the demise of the Steel. [Brotherly Game]