The Ivory Coast player has rarely featured for Leeds United but now has a chance due to suspension.
When Sol Bamba first arrived at Leeds United on loan from Italian side Palermo he looked like the centre-back the Whites had been crying out for.
Experienced, imposing and with a point to prove, Bamba set about shoring up Leeds’ back-line with some sparkling performances. However, since making his move permanent last summer the Ivorian has struggled to replicate his best form.
Part of the reason for Bamba’s regular absence from Leeds’ match-day squad is the fine form of fellow centre-backs Liam Cooper and Giuseppe Bellusci, with the latter particularly impressive since Steve Evans took charge.
However, the Italian’s two-match suspension for collecting 10 bookings this season is likely to see the return of Bamba to the starting line-up for this evening’s Championship match against Fulham and next week’s clash with Brighton & Hove Albion. And that could be the 31-year-old’s last realistic chance of making a statement on the pitch this season.
Evans has proved he sticks with certain players once they have proved their worth, and Bellusci has certainly overcome his earlier difficulties to prove many of the doubters wrong.
So Bamba will know he has to pull out all the stops in the next two matches or risk dropping straight back to the bench once Bellusci returns to contention.