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3 Replacements For This 27 Y/O European Defender At Leeds United Including This Ligue 1 Star!

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has been linked with a move away from Elland Road this summer. According to recent reports, the Swedish international has revealed that he will make a decision on his future after the 2018 FIFA World Cup comes to an end in July. The Peacocks centre-back has been named in Sweden’s world cup squad and will travel to Russia next month to take part at the grandest stage of them all. 

Jannson has been a star in the Leeds United backline and has put in a number of excellent performances during the course of the last campaign. He has made 43 appearances for the Peacocks last term and has three goals to his name in all competitions.

With his future at Leeds yet to be decided, let’s take a look at three potential replacements for Heckingbottom to consider in the summer transfer window.

Jonny Evans

The centre-back has been one of the main players in the backline of the recently relegated West Bromwich Albion and could now be open to making a switch away from the Hawthorns. The Peacocks can offer him regular first-team football at Elland Road if Jannson decides to part ways with the club in the summer, which might be enough to convince the Northern Ireland international to join Paul Heckingbottom’s revolution at the West Yorkshire club.

The 30-year-old has a lot of experience at the top level, having featured in 235 matches in the English top-flight which makes him a perfect fit for Leeds.

David Abraham

The Argentine defensive ace was a rock in the backline for Eintracht Frankfurt last season and his solid displays have helped his side secure an 8th placed finish in the Bundesliga rankings. One of the major reasons for the club’s success this year has mainly been down to Abraham’s defensive contributions.  

The 31-year-old centre-back has made 30 appearances for Frankfurt in all competitions and has two assists to his name. He will be a great fit for Leeds United as the club look to improve on their league performance next term.

Read More: Leeds Boss In High Demand: Why It Will Be Too Early For Leeds United To Part Ways with Him!

Issa Diop

The 21-year-old is currently plying his trade in Ligue 1 and has put in some scintillating performances for FC Toulouse last season. Diop has made 38 appearances for the French side and has two goals and two assists to his name across all competitions. At 21, Diop has incredible potential and can be a future star for Leeds if they decide to opt for his services. He will be an ideal long-term solution for the West Yorkshire side and his addition to Heckingbottom’s squad would go a long way in ensuring a bigger and brighter future at Elland Road.

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