Leeds United's third best centre-back: Who is the odd man out?

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Who are Leeds United's two best centre-backs?

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has a decision to make this weekend at centre-back when the club face Charlton Athletic.

The Whites welcome back Sol Bamba from injury, leaving Leeds with a decision to make whether or not to bring him straight back into the first team.

Liam Cooper and Giuseppe Bellusci have had mixed results in his absence, winning one and losing one of the last two games, but conceding just two goals over the two matches.

One player will be left as the odd man out this weekend, and assessing their overall performances this season it is Italian defender who is the third best of the trio. 

  Won Tackles per gameInterceptions per gameEffective Clearances per gameAerial Duels won per gameShots Blocked per gameTotal
Sol Bamba 2.2 3.73 3.6 4 0.73 14.27
Liam Cooper 1.25 1.94 2.31 3.94 0.56 10
Giuseppe Bellusci 1.22 2.44 3 1.44 0.56 8.67

Accumulating the player's statistics on a per game basis, Bamba stands tall as the best performer quite substantially.

Bellusci has improved his displays since the woeful game at Middlesbrough in which he scored an own goal, but Bamba himself that day was responsible for a goal with a shocking error.

Bamba wins out in every category, with more tackles, interceptions, clearances and aerial duels than either Cooper or Bellusci, and also is more efficient at blocking shots.

Bellusci is closely matched to Cooper, but the former Chesterfield defender's superiority in the air gives him the edge, winning more than twice as many aerial battles as the Italian.

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