Sol Bamba believes doing this would put Leeds United in promotion contention

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The Whites defender believes certain players over-exerted this season.

Sol Bamba believes can put themselves in promotion contention by adding more depth, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

Youngsters Lewis Cook and Charlie Taylor both started more than 40 matches apiece in all competitions, despite the latter missing nearly two months with glandular fever.

And Bamba feels the pair could have done with a break.

Discussing Leeds' promotion chances next season, the Ivorian told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "Players like Charlie Taylor and Cooky, they’ve played a lot of games and sometimes you need a break.

"If we double up in every position then we’d have a good chance."

After Mirco Antenucci confirmed his departure at the weekend, Leeds have only one player, young goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell, out of contract this summer, meaning that, in theory, the club has a strong base from which to build.

However, with the future of White head coach Steve Evans uncertain, any hope of stability may take a hit in the coming weeks.

Assuming Peacock-Farrell, who the report claims will hold further contract talks this week, extends his stay at Elland Road, Leeds would have 22 first-team players on their books from July 1 - though Tommaso Bianchi could sign a permanent deal with Ascoli.

However, three of these would be goalkeepers, with Bianchi among seven recognised central midfielders.

As it stands, Taylor is the club's only senior left-back, while their shortage of strikers is perhaps another area of concern.

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