Sol Bamba has revealed to the Leeds United website what he’s hoping to achieve at Elland Road with comments, which will delight the club’s fans.
There may have been some initial scepticism related to confirmation of his loan move from Palermo, but the 30-year-old defender has implied he’s ready to get stuck into Championship football.
“I try to win as many challenges as possible. I’m aggressive and I hate to lose or concede goals,” he said.
“Hopefully I can bring that spirit and mentality to the team.”
Leeds fans will be delighted with the comments because he seems intent on providing the Leeds back four with something, which has been missing at times this season.
Leeds’ defence has been bullied on occasions this season but Bamba seems determined to announce his presence in every game he plays, which will let opposition attacks know that they are in for a real fight in big games.
The fact he states he hates to concede goals is also important because that suggests he will demand the best from his teammates.
It also suggests that he will help the side to stay switched on and focused at the start of key games to ensure Leeds see off any early pressure and don’t go behind early on.
Where Leeds boss Neil Redfearn has a challenge is in ensuring that Bamba doesn’t get carried away and reckless with his intention to be physical.
If Bamba emerges as someone in the Leeds team who is always looking for a confrontation, sides will quickly pick up and that and will look to play on it in order to try and give themselves a numerical advantage.
There’s nothing wrong with the defender wanting to get stuck in, as long as he also uses plenty of common sense.