Leeds United defender Sol Bamba has told the Yorkshire Evening Post he doesn’t like playing against strikers who are similar to Billy Sharp.
The on loan centre back has only been working with the club for a short period, with his only appearance so far coming in the game against Huddersfield where Sharp came off of the bench to get the winner.
“He is difficult to play against because his movement is very good, like we saw for the goal,” said Bamba.
“I don’t like to play against strikers like that, I prefer to face a big, strong striker, so I can fight.”
“Billy has lovely movement and you saw that for the goal.”
Sharp is a smaller striker, with very quick feet and a low centre of gravity, which makes him difficult for his opposition to get to grips with.
He’s only made eight Championship starts this season and if he can intimidate a defender as imposing as Bamba, that suggests Neil Redfearn should consider playing him on a more consistent basis.
He also can’t be faulted in terms of his work rate, as he gives everything he’s got for Leeds every time he’s called upon to perform whether that’s from a starting role or off of the bench.
Bamba’s comments also suggest that he can cope in the face of being challenged by imposing defenders.
He’s got enough about him to be able to slip away from challenges and avoid a physical confrontation against certain players, which would work against him.
His challenge is to show Redfearn why he should be the club’s main striker and the obvious way for him to do that is to be all over defenders like Bamba every day in training.