Date: 20th August 2019 at 12:47pm
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Leeds host Brentford on Wednesday in what is likely to be their toughest test yet in this new Championship season.

The Bees have been tipped up for a promotion spot by many experts, but four points from their opening three games has left them sat in 12th.

Away from the fact that two of the most attractive footballing outfits in the Championship are facing off on Wednesday, the main narrative of this match is the return of Pontus Jansson.

Fans have already debated how they should react to the return of the Swede, but Marcelo Bielsa needs to devise a plan which doesn’t allow him to be at his best.

On his day, Jansson is one of the best defenders in the league. He made the PFA Team of the Season last term, and he also earned a spot in the EFL’s version back in 2017.

The 28-year-old will undoubtedly be up for this game as he comes up against his former side, and Leeds may struggle to get past him.

One way in which Bielsa could catch Jansson out though is by throwing him a curveball.

The Argentine is yet to start his two new signings Eddie Nketiah and Helder Costa, and this could be the perfect opportunity to introduce them into his XI.

Of course, Jansson will be at an advantage as a defender, he’s played against the likes of Patrick Bamford and Pablo Hernandez almost every day in training over the past 12 months – he’ll know their strengths and weaknesses, and he’ll be able to pass that information on to the rest of the backline.

However, Nketiah and Costa were both signed this summer, so Jansson never got the opportunity to play with them.

These two could catch the Swede off guard and make the Whites’ task much easier on Wednesday.

With £15m being spent on Helder Costa, and Nketiah being the only backup striker in the squad they have to start sooner or later – this game against the London club represents the perfect opportunity to get them into the team, while also giving the Whites an advantage against their former man.

 

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