Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson
Jansson put pen to paper on a new five-year deal last week, less than four months after sealing a permanent move from Torino.
Leeds announced the news in the wake of the 26-year-old being dropped to the bench for the 3-0 win against Bristol City.
Jansson had described his form as “s***” in the build-up to the Robins clash.
And Prutton said: “It’s kind of ironic that in the first week when Jansson was dropped on the basis of form, Leeds gave him a five-year contract.
“It’s also a good thing, a ringing endorsement of a player who possibly needed an injection of confidence.
Former Leeds midfielder David Prutton
“Regardless of how he’s been playing in the last few weeks, Jansson is good enough to deserve a deal like that.
“He’s someone who could be at the centre of a good Leeds United team for a long time.
“The adage of not becoming a bad player overnight applies in this case and I’d expect him to be back in the frame before long.”
Prutton believes Jansson’s damning assessment of his own form made the decision to drop him easy for head coach Thomas Christiansen.
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He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “For one thing, it’s hard for Jansson to argue the toss when he’s openly admitting that he’s not been up to scratch.
“But beyond that, it possibly made Christiansen wonder where Jansson’s head was at.
“I admire the honesty because there’s a culture in football of no finger-pointing these days, even though finger-pointing is sometimes needed, but maybe Jansson sowed the seed in Christiansen’s mind.
“Maybe Christiansen felt like it was the right time to rely on somebody else.”