Bamba suggests Leeds will struggle to win games if they don't master key area

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Leeds United defender Sol Bamba has suggested the club need to ensure they are extemely fit when the new Championship season.

Leeds United defender Sol Bamba has been quoted by the Yorkshire Post explaining what he feels will be the key factor in a long winning run for the team next season.

The dust has long since settled on Bamba’s permanent move to Elland Road, after he made a positive impression while on loan at the club last season.

He’s suggested that a strong core fitness throughout the squad is vital and feels the side will struggled to win games frequently if they can’t significantly improve their fitness levels.

“Obviously, the coach is German, so we know what will be happening and it is hard work. But we need to be really fit as in this league if you are not fit, you can’t win football matches,” he’s quoted by the Yorkshire Post.

Pre-season vital

The next few weeks of pre-season are going to be important for Leeds in terms of setting themselves a base fitness for the coming season.

The hard yards, the strain and the effort will all be worth it if a good pre-season schedule puts the club a small step ahead of their rivals when the Championship action returns in a month.

Leeds can get themselves into a position under Rosler, where they have that extra energy late into games when the opposition could take their eye off the ball because of fatigue and make a mistake.

The Championship is a big division based around a very long season so a good start isn’t vital to the club’s top six chances.

However, if Leeds can get themselves very fit as Bamba suggests, they can get some early points on the board and make a positive statement of intent, which their rivals will take notice of.

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