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Leeds star's comments suggest big reason Bamba has settled so quickly

Marco Silvesti has had his say on Leeds United teammate Sol Bamba.

Leeds United goalkeeper Marco Silvestri has been speaking to the club’s official website following his heroics against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

The 23-year-old was in sensational form as he kept his third clean-sheet on the bounce and helped Leeds to a fifth win in six matches.

Silvestri has been one of Leeds’ standout players this season and along with Alex Mowatt, Sol Bamba and Lewis Cook he is a vital component of Neil Redfearn’s ever-improving team.

So what did the Italian stopper think of his latest performance in the 1-0 victory?

“It was not only me,” he said. “The defenders were very good and they saved three or four goals.”

One Leeds defender in particular came in for special praise by his new teammate: January arrival Bamba.

“Bamba is a very good defender,” Silvestri added. “We speak a lot. He understands Italian and English so it’s perfect.”

Silvestri also hailed the contribution of four more Leeds defenders, Scott Wootton, Liam Cooper, Giuseppe Bellusci and Charlie Taylor, who all played a part in the clean-sheet and the victory.

But those who have seen Bamba in recent weeks cannot deny that the Ivorian has solidified Leeds’ back-line; in short he is the defender the club have been crying out for.

The 30-year-old has been remarkable, taking the captain’s armband in the absence of Cooper and not putting a foot wrong.

When you consider Bamba’s ability to communicate so effectively not just with the Englishmen in the back-line but also the Italians, that begins to make more sense.

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