Leeds fans on Twitter have been praising Pontus Jansson for putting his body on the line to help the club seal a 2-0 win over Preston in the Championship.
Jansson got himself a black eye during Tuesday’s game after clashing heads with Lukas Nmecha in the closing minutes.
The 28-year-old has become a real fan favourite at Elland Road due to his good performances and his social media presence. The Swedish centre-back has gained himself a reputation as a hard man on the pitch courtesy of his tough tackling style and ferocity when defending.
Leeds United’s official Twitter page tweeted out a selfie that Jansson had taken which highlights the extent of the bruise on his face. The defender’s eye was swollen to the point where he was almost unrecognisable.
Whilst the image had some fans wincing in pain it had others feeling proud as they believe Jansson encapsulates the club motto of “Side before self. Every time.”
Here’s what Leeds fans had to say on Twitter…
True Viking warrior. Proud to have you wearing the shirt.
— Danny (@skirmishmonkey) April 9, 2019
Was determined not to come off after taking a bashing! Great warrior for us tonight! #Gibraltarwhite
— Mark P Makey (@markpmakey) April 9, 2019
Side before self, every time. Well done Pontus.
— Stephen Lewis (@vegansmithsfan) April 9, 2019
A true Leeds United legend
— Richard (@HealeyRidge) April 10, 2019
A real fighter ??
— Ryan A.Milthers (@RyanAMilthers) April 10, 2019
— Breni bear (@brenibear10) April 10, 2019
Taking another one for the team pontus, thanking you on behalf of every white in the land
— Peter Graham (@Petergraham1609) April 10, 2019
— Connor Mahoney ?? Bielsalona! MOT ?? (@ConnorMOT92) April 9, 2019