Former Leeds United forward Andy Ritchie believes Garry Monk should look to Scandinavia when bringing in new players. In the summer the Championship side signed Pontus Jansson on loan from Torino, and the 25-year-old has been impressive since arriving in England.
Writing in his column for the YEP, Ritchie said Jansson has looked good after making his league debut last month, and revealed if he was a manager at an English club he would look to the Scandinavian countries to recruit.
Ritchie thinks players who come to England from that region are used to our game, which he said was the case when he played with the likes of Gunnar Halle and Tore Pederson.
“Jansson obviously looks the part and, as I have said before, if I was a manager of an English club, I’d always look towards bringing Scandinavian players in as they are the most used to our game and the way we play. They are hard, ready and tough. I saw that at Oldham with Gunnar Halle, who went to Leeds, while Tore Pedersen was a Leeds fan. They are very suited to English football,” said Ritchie.
Massimo Cellino bought Leeds United in 2014 and under sporting director Nicola Salerno the club brought in a number of Serie A and Serie B players in the first two transfer windows, the majority of whom were Italian. However, only Jansson arrived this summer from Italy, but he’s a Swedish international.