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The Leeds star who could suffer most after confirmed Bamba signing

The defender's arrival on loan at Elland Road may have a negative impact on an existing Leeds star.

After the confirmation of Sol Bamba's Leeds United loan move, Neil Redfearn told the club's official website that the 30-year-old's biggest gift to the Yorkshire side is added competition at the back.

“Sol being with us brings competition for the two centre-back places,” Redfearn said. “He now joins Liam Cooper, Jason Pearce, Giuseppe Bellusci and Dario Del Fabro in competing for those two spots."

Interestingly, the Leeds boss mentioned Pearce second. But there appeared to be no order to which the 49-year-old listed the names.

In the current pecking order, Bellusci and Cooper are Leeds' first choices. And, with Bamba now in the fold, that becomes even more blurred.

The 30-year-old wouldn't have been brought to Elland Road if he couldn't add to the first team and, unless anything goes horribly wrong, Bamba should see plenty of action in a Leeds shirt this season.

So where does that leave Pearce?

Named Leeds captain earlier this season, the 27-year-old is now far from first choice under Redfearn. There could, of course, be hope for him if Bellusci is given a long-term suspension for racial abuse. Even then, however, Cooper would be the first name in that defence - and Bamba could be the second.

Del Fabro, 19, will also be given due consideration, which might just mean Pearce is the Leeds star that suffers most upon Bamba's arrival.

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