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Leeds United’s Liam Cooper speaks highly of Sol Bamba

Liam Cooper suggests that Sol Bamba was an important player for Leeds United in the second half of the season.

Leeds United captain Liam Cooper has been singing the praises of Sol Bamba on BBC Radio Leeds.

Bamba joined Leeds on loan from Italian club Palermo in the January transfer window until the end of the season.

The 30-year-old settled into the team rightaway and established himself as a key player for Neil Redfearn’s side.

The Ivory Coast international scored one goal and created one chance in 19 Championship appearances.

Bamba had a pass accuracy of 71% and a shot accuracy of 33%, and he won 73 out of 108 headers, 10 out of 11 dribbles and 39 out of 82 tackles.

Although there were a few occasions in which Bamba did not look comfortable in defence, overall his performance at the back was superb.

The former Paris Saint-Germain prospect was easily one of the best players of the season for Leeds, and club captain Cooper has made it clear how highly he rates him.

“His (Bamba’s) experience speaks volume, he is a great guy,” the 23-year-old told BBC Radio Leeds. “We stuck together. It has been hard at times, but we stuck together on the pitch.”

Given how Bamba played for Leeds in the second half of the season, one would expect the West Yorkshire outfit to try to sign him on a permanent deal.

If the Whites do that, then they will be making a very wise move.

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