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9 duels won, 12 clearances: Sol Bamba superb in season opener

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Leeds' Sol Bamba was instrumental as his side drew 1-1 with Burnley during their Championship opener.

Leeds United defender Sol Bamba was in outstanding form as his side opened their Championship account with a positive 1-1 draw at home to Burnley.

The Ivory Coast international initially joined Leeds on a six-month loan deal last January, impressing supporters and pundits alike with a number of superb displays.

His inclusion in the team coincided with the club’s improvement in form and led to a number of fans calling for his temporary stay from Italian outfit Palermo to be made permanent.

In the summer, Bamba signed a two-year deal at Elland Road – to the delight of everyone connected to the club – and was later appointed captain, leading the team out against Burnley.

  TacklesInterceptionsClearancesDefemsove Duels WonHeadersAccurate PassesMinutes Played
Sol Bamba 2 5 12 9 5 21 90

And, as Opta show, the 30-year-old centre-back put in an outstanding performance on his official debut as a permanent Leeds United player.

Bamba recorded two tackles, five interceptions, nine defensive duel winners, five headers and a whopping 12 effective clearances - more than anyone else on the pitch.

Leeds opened the scoring against the Clarets thanks to Mirco Antenucci’s second-half strike, although they were immediately pegged back, Sean Dyche’s men equalising three minutes later.

It could have been a game of more goals yet Bamba’s defensive contributions kept the visitors at bay while Leeds were guilty of spurning a couple of decent chances.

Still, boss Uwe Rosler will be pleased with his side’s display and, if his star defender can maintain such high standards, the Yorkshire outfit could end up boasting one of the best defensive records in the league.

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