Leeds United legend Eddie Gray has explained why he was impressed with new signing Sol Bamba against Huddersfield in the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Bamba was thrown straight into the first team by Leeds boss Neil Redfearn and Gray feels it was a decision, which paid off.
“There were some good plusses in the game such as the big centre-back playing well – Sol Bamba,” wrote Gray.
“He looked a good acquisition, strong and quick, that’s something we need – that bit of pace. And he looked as if he was a good organiser as well.”
Bamba’s strength is key because the Championship is a very physical and competitive division.
It reduces the chance that teams can bully him physically, which could dictate how opposition sides play against Leeds, making it easier for Neil Redfearn to prepare for big games.
His pace is significant because it means he can take more risks and adjust when he’s caught out of position.
It also means he can cover for other players when they are caught out of position and also allows Leeds to play a higher defensive line, placing more pressure on the opposition and allowing the team to press higher up the pitch.
It’s also significant that he’s showing leadership and organisation qualities in the back four.
Jason Pearce’s exit would have left Redfearn in need of players who could step up and be leaders in the side and Bamba appears to be one of them.
It’s a promising start to his career at Leeds and another good example of how well Leeds’ recruiting system works.