From the sublime to the ridiculous: Leeds star's inconsistencies already on display

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Leeds United took Sol Bamba on loan during the January transfer window.

Leeds United defender Sol Bamba has already shown both sides to his game during a brief stint at Elland Road.

The robust centre-back was brought in over the January transfer window to add steel to the Whites defence and he has made a good start to life with the Championship club.

Bamba has been a mainstay in Neil Redfearn's side as they have enjoyed their best run of the season and he has already highlighted what he brings to a team.

Bamba's performance in Leeds' 1-0 win over Middlesbrough will live long in the memory, with the centre-back looking like a one-man defence at times.

The 30-year-old was prepared to put his body on the line to ensure Leeds took three points from the Riverside and showcased everything good in his game.

He is strong in the tackle, powerful in the air and quick along the ground.

However, there is also an erratic side to his game which has featured more recently. Bamba was awful as Leeds threw away a 2-0 lead against Watford last weekend and he also struggled on Wednesday night as the Yorkshire club beat Ipswich Town.

Although Leeds won the contest, the Ivory Coast international was unsettled at times and gave away a penalty with a rash piece of defending.

It means that he is already highlighted both his strengths and his weaknesses in his brief period at Leeds and it was this unpredictability that eventually cost him during his last spell in English football.

Bamba had played a key role for Leicester City during his time at the King Power Stadium, but his inconsistencies grew tiresome and they eventually allowed him to depart.

The challenge for Bamba now is to prove that he can maintain his best form without showing any of the bad, and earn that contract at Elland Road that he has already told everyone he craves.

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