Date: 9th July 2019 at 2:56pm
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On Monday evening Brentford confirmed they had signed Pontus Jansson from Leeds, for an undisclosed fee, and that the 28-year-old had signed a three-year deal – with the option of a further year.

The opportunity arose for the Bees to sign, Leeds fan-favourite, Jansson when it was revealed he had been told not to bother turning up to Leeds for pre-season training because Marcelo Bielsa wanted to move him on.

Brentford acted quickly and have pulled off a coup in signing one of the best defenders in the league – having been named in the Team of the Season last year.

Jansson has plenty of international experience, with 20 caps to his name, and established himself as a no-nonsense centre-back who was dedicated to Leeds and their fanbase.

If he can form a similar bond with the Griffin Park faithful, then Brentford will have a serious player on their hands, and he could even be the final player they need to push for promotion.

Last season Thomas Frank’s side were brilliant at Griffin Park boasting the third-best home record in the league, but their away form was awful only winning three games away from home.

Frank could never fix the Bees away form and in the end they finished in mid-table, but one reason for their poor away form may have been the lack of resilience in defence.

Ezri Konsa, for example, averaged 1.2 tackles per game, 1.1 interceptions and 1.9 duels won. Compare this with Jansson who won 2.3 tackles per game, 2.3 interceptions and 4.9 duels won.

Brentford had no problems scoring goals Neal Maupay, Said Benrhama, Ollie Watkins and Sergi Canos scored 60 out of the Bees 73 goals last season and, in truth, any combination of those four would be a terrifying prospect for most Championship defences, but the Bees defence was weak, and they conceded 59 goals.

That is why the addition of Jansson could prove to be so important for Brentford; he can sure up the backline and lead the defence while the Bees devastating front three get on with their work – knowing that the defence behind them is solid.

Rumours have emerged that Premier League clubs want to take Benrahma and Maupay, but if they stay and Jansson performs to a high level, then Brentford could make a promotion push.

 

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