Sol Bamba v Tom Lees: How the two players compare this season

Taking a closer look at the Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday defenders.

Sol Bamba v Tom Lees: Head to Head: Comparing the Leeds and Wednesday defenders: 20150422


This weekend Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United go head-to-head in the Championship.

The Owls are currently 12th in the Championship while Leeds are 16th, seven points below their next opponents.

While both sides have little left to play for neither will want to lose this match and it should make for an intriguing encounter with two players set to play a particularly big part in proceedings.

Sol Bamba has been nothing short of brilliant since he arrived at Elland Road on loan back in January but he will have to be at his best to keep Wednesday’s attacking players at bay.

On the other side, former Leeds defender Tom Lees will be trying to limit Leeds' threat.

Lees will surely want to impress against the side he featured 135 times for, so how does he compare with Bamba in a number of key areas?

  Passing AccuracyOutfield blocks per gameTackles won per gameEffective clearances per gameEffective headed clearances per gameAerials won per gameInterceptions won per gameDuels won per gameMins Played
Sol Bamba 70% 1 2.12 8.35 5.06 3.76 3.71 7.71 1,530
Tom Lees 69% 0.76 0.81 6.12 4.26 4.5 2.64 6.07 3,780

The Leeds loanee comes out on top in a number of key areas, with a better passing accuracy and more impressive averages in terms of outfield blocks, tackles won, effective clearances (both with his head and his feet), interceptions and duels.

In fact, the only area above that the Wednesday man is better than Bamba is in terms of aerial contests, averaging 4.5 per match compared with the Leeds player's 3.76.

On Saturday all that will be forgotten with only the three points on both players' minds. But it seems for now at least Leeds have the better option - something Lees will no doubt want to disprove if he can.

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