Scott Wootton: Sol Bamba has been 'different class' at Leeds

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The Leeds defender is delighted with the impact the 30-year-old has made since arriving at Elland Road in January.

Leeds United defender Scott Wootton sang the praises of experienced centre-back Sol Bamba on Saturday afternoon after the Yorkshire side's 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest, according to BBC Radio Leeds.

Bamba, 30, has made a visible impact since joining Leeds on loan in January.

And Wootton has lauded the 'different-class' defender for his contribution at Elland Road, also commenting on how his experience is benefiting the younger members of Neil Redfearn's squad.

Bamba impressed again versus Nottingham Forest - and he had to with the likes of Michail Antonio and Chris Burke in Dougie Freedman's line-up.

“Sol’s been different class since he came to the club. He’s very experienced," Wootton said.

"He’s played international football and that experience can only help the younger players. He played well again today [against Nottingham Forest]."

  Tackles (per game)InterceptionsClearancesHeadersMinutes Played
Sol Bamba 2.5 4.5 9.1 3.7 900
Gaetano Berardi 1.93 2.07 3.86 1.21 1,052
Giuseppe Bellusci 1.77 3.08 7.5 1.77 2,226
Liam Cooper 1.43 2.48 7.22 3 1,843
Sam Byram 1.43 1.6 3.3 2.2 2,462
Scott Wootton 1.29 2.14 4.29 2.71 1,260

As Opta stats show, Bamba has wasted no time making his mark at Leeds.

The 30-year-old averages more tackles, interceptions, clearances and headers per game than any other of Redfearn's defenders and, as Wootton says, his experience has proven invaluable.

Bamba has produced the odd disappointing display but has, for the most part, looked like Leeds' signing of the season.

Next up for Leeds is a trip to Fulham's Craven Cottage, meaning Bamba, Wootton and co will face off against Matt Smith and Ross McCormack, both formerly of Elland Road.

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