Neil Redfearn explains what Sol Bamba brings to Leeds United

Neil Redfearn

Leeds have snapped up the former Leicester City defender from Palermo on loan.

Earlier today Leeds United completed their first transfer of the January window, with the acquisition of Souleymane 'Sol' Bamba from Palermo. The Ivorian arrives on a loan deal, with an option to buy, until the end of the season.

Clearly it is a deal that has pleased his new boss Neil Redfearn. He told the official Leeds United website:

“Sol trained with us for the first time on Friday morning and from what I have seen he looks like he will be a really good addition to the squad.

"We know about Sol and what he can bring to the side. He knows the Championship and British football from his time at Leicester City and also from playing up in Scotland.

“He can play both left and right side of the defence and he brings great experience that is key in the Championship."

Of course Bamba, as Redfearn mentioned, has experience at this level. He spent a season as a starter at Leicester City before heading to Trabzonspor in 2012. He also starred in Scotland for Dunfermline and Hibernian.

So he will not be surprised at what the Championship can throw at him.

The powerful defender will have plenty of competition for places. Leeds have an abundance of centre-back options and Redfearn admits that he was aiming for added competition with his new signing.

“Sol being with us brings competition for the two centre-back places.

"He now joins Liam Cooper, Jason Pearce, Giuseppe Bellusci and Dario Del Fabro in competing for those two spots.

“Competition keeps players on their toes, both in training and on a matchday. They know if they play well they will keep the shirt."

With the threat of a ban for racism looming over Bellusci his arrival could be important for the remainder of the season, as Leeds look to pull away from the relegation battle.

With the furore surrounding Massimo Cellino in recent days Leeds will just be pleased to have something to celebrate with the signing of a quality international central defender.

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