22 clearances; 11 battles won: Sol Bamba solid on Leeds debut

Elland Road pitchside

Leeds United defeated Huddersfield 2-1 on Saturday with debutant Sol Bamba impressing for the visitors.

Leeds United made it four games undefeated and two consecutive victories as they overcame local rivals Huddersfield 2-1 this weekend.

The game looked to be heading for a draw when late substitute Billy Sharp popped up to score a vital goal for Neil Redfearn’s side.

That came after Sam Byram had seen his early strike cancelled out by Huddersfield’s Harry Bunn.

Leeds have seen some changes to their playing squad in recent times with Sol Bamba and Granddi Ngoyi arriving at Elland Road, and the former made his debut on Saturday.

The 30-year-old Ivorian looked solid throughout, and a quick look at his statistics below shows just how important he was to the club’s victory.

Bamba will want to work on his passing accuracy, which was just 69 per cent on Saturday, but his defensive contributions were considerable.

  Passing AccuracyTouchesDuels WonAerials WonInterceptions WonEffective ClearancesEffective Headed ClearanceMins Played
Sol Bamba 69% 49 7 4 7 13 9 90

Leeds' new centre-back won 11 battles (seven on the ground and four in the air) while he made a remarkable 22 effective clearances to keep the opponents at bay, with 13 of those coming with his feet and the other nine with his head.

Bamba also made seven interceptions and he already looks like being a cool and imposing addition to Redfearn's side.

Now the trick is to do that week in, week out, and if he can, Leeds may soon be heading further up the Championship table once again.

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