Leeds assistant coach Paul Raynor explains why Sol Bamba is not playing

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The Leeds United defender has rarely featured in recent times.

Leeds United assistant coach Paul Raynor has been speaking ahead of the Whites’ next Championship match against Middlesbrough on Monday evening, with his comments published by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Not for the first time this season Raynor took the place of Leeds boss Steve Evans for the session and among the topics of discussion he explained why Sol Bamba was not currently in the starting XI.

The Ivorian arrived on loan at Leeds just over a year ago and he quickly became a vital part of the club’s defence; however after completing a permanent move in the summer he has found himself in and out of the team, featuring just twice in the last 14 league games.

Speaking to assembled reporters on Thursday afternoon, Raynor said, “He’s not in the team because (Giuseppe) Bellusci and (Liam) Cooper are playing very well.”

It is a simple answer and one that cannot be argued with when you consider how well the pair have done for Leeds in recent weeks.

Bellusci in particular has been superb, finally proving the majority of doubters wrong, and at this rate Bamba is unlikely to get many more minutes between now and the end of the season.

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