Leeds United have given a firm vote of confidence to out of form defender, Pontus Jansson by handing him a new five-year contract.

Jansson’s new deal which runs until 2022, comes less than four months after he completed his permanent move to Elland Road from Italian side Torino.

The defender has not been in the best of form lately, which he himself has not failed to acknowledge. The Swede described his own form as ”sh*t” following Leeds’ poor run of form prior to this weekend.

The 26-year-old eventually lost his place in the starting line-up earlier this weekend when Thomas Christiansen opted to play Matthew Pennington in defence in the Whites’ 3-0 victory over Bristol City.

However, Pontus returned to the starting line-up last evening when Christiansen’s men made the trip to the King Power Stadium for the Carabao Cup fixture where they suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Leicester City.

The new contract speaks volumes about Leeds United’s long-term planning. Pontus is one of a number of first-team players to extend their deals with the Championship side after Liam Cooper, Gaetano Berardi, Luke Ayling, Kalvin Phillips and Eunan O’Kane.