Leeds United signed Sol Bamba from Palermo last week.
Leeds United’s signing of Sol Bamba is one which has pleased supporters of the club, but there may be a concern about his arrival.
Bamba is a player who has proved himself to be a consistent performer at Championship level in the past, with Leicester City, but the fact that he has played just one game all season suggests that he will not be match fit.
The Ivorian international played 90 minutes for former club Palermo back in September - in a 3-3 draw with Napoli - and that is his only competitive action in 2014/15 so far.
That means he is not in a position to step straight into the Leeds line-up and perform to the best of his ability, and the Whites can ill-afford a learning process with any new addition.
Although they are above the relegation zone at the moment, a few defeats could see them sucked into a basement battle and they need all their fresh faces to hit the ground running.
To do this, Bamba will have to battle against a lack of match-sharpness and playing him could be a major risk at this stage of the season.
There can be no question that Bamba, on top form, would have been an upgrade on any of Leeds' defenders but, given the preparations he has had prior to this move, there is no guarantee that he will be a success at Elland Road.