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Leeds stalwart Sol Bamba impresses against Burnley

The 31-year-old was one of several positives for Leeds on the day.

Leeds United might have lost 1-0 at Championship leaders Burnley on Saturday afternoon, but there was still several positves for Steve Evans's men on the day despite the defeat - their third in four games.

One of these positive arguably came in the form of defender Sol Bamba, who returned to the first XI - after being left out of the 1-1 draw with QPR - and seemed to impress for the Whites.

The 31-year-old managed 10 ball recoveries and won 14 of his duels - more than anybody else on the pitch, with the exception of his defensive team-mate Liam Cooper who also managed 14.

The pair also won possession in their respective defensive third more than anyone else - six apiece - but Bamba registered two more ball recoveries than the Scotland defender.

  PositionTeamTouchesAccurate PassTotal PassBall RecoveryDuel WonEffective ClearancePoss Won Def 3rdAppearancesMins Played
Sol Bamba DF Leeds 59 24 31 10 14 3 6 1 90

The Ivory Coast international also managed three effective clearances - the most of any player on the pitch - to illustrate his reluctance to take risks; the like of which have cost, say, Giuseppe Bellusci in recent outings.

Bamba did go for, and subsequently miss, a header in the passage of play which led to Scott Arfield's winner within 60 seconds of kickoff, but it would be hugely unfair to judge him on that rather his performance as a whole.

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