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Sol Bamba reacts to Leeds United debut v Huddersfield Town

Sol Bamba reflects on making his debut for Leeds United against Huddersfield Town in the Championship on Saturday.

Leeds United defender Sol Bamba has told BBC Radio Leeds that he was happy with his performance against Huddersfield Town.

The 30-year-old made his debut for the Whites against Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield in the Championship on Saturday.

The Palermo-owned Ivory Coast international centre-back played the entire 90 minutes at the John Smith’s Stadium and helped Leeds register a 2-1 win.

After the match, Bamba, who joined the Whites from Palermo on loan for the rest of the season last month, analysed his performance on his Leeds debut.

“I am not 100% yet, but I am getting there,” he told BBC Radio Leeds. “To get another 90 minutes under my belt was very good, but I need to get a few more games to get to 100%.

“I think I played alright. We played as a team. I felt good and we all had a good game, and I am happy with my game.”

Bamba gave a good account of himself against Huddersfield, as shown in the stats below:

  Error Lead To ShotTotal ClearanceTotal TackleWon TackleInterceptionDuel WonAerial WonAppearancesMins Played
Sol Bamba 0 13 2 2 7 7 4 1 90

Leeds have struggled defensively throughout the season, and Bamba has been signed in order to make the backline stronger.

As the former Leicester City star himself suggested after the match against Huddersfield, he is not at his best, but he certainly looks like he could be a key player for Leeds for the rest of the campaign.

Prior to the 1-0 home victory over Bournemouth on January 20, Leeds had not won in seven Championship appearances, and it is perhaps little more than a coincidence that they collected three points on the same day that Bamba made his debut.

Of course, one should not read too much into one good performance, but Bamba clearly looks like a player Leeds will benefit from having in the team.

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