After having a phenomenal match against Brentford, Leeds United’s Pontus Jansson has been named to WhoScored’s Championship team of the week.
Jansson was the only Leeds player that made the list, and no Brentford player made the list either.
Our Championship team of the weekhttps://t.co/7094SxKrhN pic.twitter.com/OC3dQHmXux— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) October 8, 2018
Joining Jansson was Tom Clarke and Alan Browne from Preston, Geoff Cameron from Queens Park Rangers, Kristian Pedersen, Jota, and Lukas Jutkiewicz from Birmingham City, Costel Pantillmon, Tendayi Darikwa, and Joe Lolley from Nottingham Forest, and Dwight Gayle from West Bromwich Albion.
Pontus Jansson vs. Brentford:— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) October 6, 2018
73% pass acc.
7 aerial duels won (most for Leeds)
6 interceptions (most for Leeds)
6 clearances (most for Leeds)
4 ball recoveries
3 tackles won
1 chance created
1 blocked shot
1 goal ⚽
Outstanding. Big equaliser. pic.twitter.com/papWMOCGvO
Jansson was rated highly by a number of Leeds fans after the match, and for good reason. The Sweden international was a rock at the back, shutting down almost every single Brentford attack that reached the Leeds penalty area and scoring the goal that brought the teams level in the 88th minute. A towering performance from the central defender who had to work his way back into the starting lineup at Leeds after Gaetano Berardi had laid his own claim to the spot with his early season performances.
Pontus Jansson: "It feels sh*t to be fair."— 888sport (@888sport) October 6, 2018
Reporter: "Mind your language please."
Jansson: "No, no, no, I don't care man."
Fair enough. pic.twitter.com/1WesY6Iv0i
Of course, most of the attention given to Jansson after the match was his interview given to Sky Sports where he, rightfully, complained about the quality of the refereeing of the match. And while Leeds fans loved the honesty from the big Swede, it’s a shame that his statements after the match seemed to have overshadowed his performance a bit, as he played about as good a game at the back as he ever has in his Leeds career.
So Congratulations are in order for Jansson, now we’ll see if he makes any of the official EFL team-of-the-week lists.