Steve Evans gives Sol Bamba update; questions his playing chances

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Sol Bamba is back and ready to play for Leeds United.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Steve Evans has confirmed that Sol Bamba is back and ready to play for Leeds, although he has questioned whether the centre-back will immediately return to his first-team.

Evans said: “We’ll have Sol back available but my central two are playing really well. Again, I’m back to that dilemma of ‘do I put the big man [Bamba] back in or not?”

Bamba has been out of action through injury for the last four games, which have brought one win, one draw and two losses. His absence was heavily felt in the first two games he was out, but the captain has been usurped by Liam Cooper and Giuseppe Bellusci who put in good performances against Hull and Charlton.

With Cooper wearing the captain’s armband, the duo helped Leeds to a 2-1 win over Hull, and then kept a clean sheet against Charlton, and Evans would be unwise to change up his defence again having seen them just settle and provide consistency.

Bamba is back, and he is undoubtedly the best defender in the squad, but breaking up his settled back-line for the sake of including the Ivorian would be an unwise move.

Consistency is more important than talent in the defence, and with recent results, Evans should look to hold Bamba back on the sidelines for a while longer.

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