Brentford Sign Leeds Defender Pontus Jansson
Brentford have emerged as the team who have managed to land the signature of Pontus Jansson from Leeds United. The defender has signed for an undisclosed fee in a deal that will see him play for The Bees for the next three years, with the option of adding a fourth onto the end if the club wishes to. This is a big move by Brentford and a statement of intent that they want to pull themselves up and compete with the bigger clubs in the division.
It is also a big blow for Leeds, who looks arguably their best defender to one of their fellow Championship clubs. Jansson was an ever present for Leeds during the season, but was missing in the heart of the Leeds defence when they were beaten by Derby in the playoffs. They needed him that night to steady the ship and calm nerves, something he will be expected to do when required at Brentford.
The 28 year old joined Leeds on loan three seasons ago from Torino before making the move a permanent one. He played over 100 times for them and during his spell at the club he also represented Sweden at international level. He has huge experience behind him both overall and in the Championship, and would have been a huge coup for anyone in that league, but it was Brentford that won the race to his signature.
Brentford are priced up at 8/13 to finish in the top half of the Championship this coming season, and available at 5/1 to be promoted to the Premier League. Those prices show they are on the cusp of being able to challenge, but they also show more work is needed to really be able to trouble the big boys next year.