Sol Bamba responds to Steve Evans’ decision

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Leeds United defender Sol Bamba did not start the Championship game against Huddersfield Town on Sunday.

Leeds United defender Sol Bamba has told the club’s official website that he knows that he is not guaranteed a place in the starting lineup.

Bamba, who joined Leeds on a permanent contract from Italian club Palermo in the summer transfer window, is the club captain.

The 30-year-old Ivory Coast international is rated by many as one of the best centre-backs in the Championship.

However, Bamba was left on the substitutes’ bench for Saturday afternoon’s Championship game against Huddersfield Town away from home at the John Smith’s Stadium, despite being fully fit and available for selection after serving a one-match suspension (against Cardiff City).

The defender did come on in the 18th minute of the match in place of Liam Cooper, as Steve Evans's side won 3-0.

“No-one is bigger than the club,” the former Leicester City defender told Leeds’s official website. “It was a good performance and a clean sheet against Cardiff and the gaffer made that decision.

“I just have to get on with it and when I get a chance, like I did on Saturday, I just have to perform and keep my place. I take nothing for granted. The most important thing is the team and that we won the game.”

Bamba was one of the best players for Leeds during the second half of last season when he was on loan at Elland Road from Palermo.

The defender, though, has struggled to maintain his high standards so far this campaign.

In 15 Championship appearances so far this season, Bamba has created three chances, has a pass accuracy of 78% and a shot accuracy of 17%, and has won 56 headers, 12 dribbles and 31 tackles.

Leeds are 15th in the Championship table at the moment with 19 points from 16 matches, six points above the relegation zone.

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