Hall vs Bamba: How does the Spurs prospect compare to Leeds loanee?

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We compare Leeds United defender Sol Bamba to Tottenham Hotspur's Grant Hall, who is on loan at Blackpool.

Leeds United travel to Blackpool this weekend full of confidence, after their impressive run of form since the turn of the year.

Leeds have accelerated up the Championship table in 2015, with their performances improving considerably of late.

It means that they go into their game against a doomed Blackpool side highly motivated and are heavy favourites to pick up another three points.

Blackpool have been woeful this season, with their campaign ruined by miss-management at the top of the club. 

The Tangerines will be looking to give their supporters something to cheer by beating Leeds this weekend, though, and the game may be decided by which teams defends best.

Blackpool's pitch is not conducive to playing passing football and there is an expectation that both teams will take a direct approach.

It means that the performances of Leeds' Sol Bamba and Blackpool's Grant Hall will be vital to their respective side's chances.

The pair are their team's defensive leaders and will required to deal with a lot of aerial balls into their box.

Bamba has been imperious since arriving at Leeds and appears to be putting in better performances than Hall so far this season.

Hall, who is on loan at Blackpool from Tottenham Hotspur, is a young prospect, but he still has some way to go before matching the Ivorian. 

  Tackles per gameHeaders per gameInterceptions per gameClearances per gamePasses per gamePassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Sol Bamba 3.45 3.81 4.18 9.3 22.36 71.95% 11 990
Grant Hall 1.66 2 2.66 7.1 25.2 66.96% 9 771

The 23-year-old does not compare favourably to Bamba in any category and will be required to raise his game if Blackpool are to grab an unlikely three points.

So far this season Bamba has made more tackles, headers and interceptions than Hall, while his passing has also been more accurate. 

It shows that Hall still has a lot of progressing to do until he can match the Championship's best defenders and that does not bode well for his future back at his parent club, with Tottenham needing players capable of helping them into the Premier League's top-four in their first-team squad. 

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