Sol Bamba named new Leeds captain, Rosler explains why he appointed 'natural' leader

Leeds United have appointed Sol Bamba as their new captain.

Leeds United have confirmed on their official website that defender Sol Bamba has been appointed as the new captain at Elland Road.

Bamba, 30, joined Leeds on loan from Palermo in January, and after an impressive 2015, the Whites moved to sign the centre back on a permanent basis earlier this summer.

The Ivorian will now not only lead the defence at Elland Road, but the whole team after Leeds confirmed on their official website earlier this evening that Bamba has been handed the captain's armband.

Former skipper Stephen Warnock joined Derby County in January, and whilst Liam Cooper deputised for the rest of last season, Bamba has now been appointed full-time captain - and manager Uwe Rosler admitted that the role of leadership comes easy to Bamba, whose experience will be 'very important' to Leeds this season.

"It’s natural to Sol," said Rosler. "He’s been in England and he understands the English culture and mentality of the Championship. He’s also been in Italy and speaks several languages and can bridge the gap. He can unify the dressing room. That’s very important."

"It’s a long season and in the Championship you need mentality and morale. Not just over four weeks, but over 10 months in good times and bad times. He’s a very important person to achieve that," he added.

With experience in England as well as abroad, Bamba is the natural choice to be Leeds captain, where he an lead alongside the likes of Liam Cooper or Giuseppe Bellusci in defence.

Having enjoyed a strong transfer window as well as a decent pre-season, Leeds now look ready to compete in the Championship - and the appointment of Bamba is just another step in the right direction for Rosler's men.

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