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Five possible contenders to be Leeds United's next captain if Sol Bamba leaves this summer

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Garry Monk may soon have to consider a new skipper if the defender moves on.

Leeds United's Sol Bamba celebrates scoring his sides first goalLeeds United's Sol Bamba

According to a report in The Sun (via Daily Star), Leeds United captain Sol Bamba may well be on his way out of Elland Road this summer. 

And if the 31-year-old does end up leaving the Whites in the near future, Garry Monk will definitely have to find himself a new skipper if he is not already planning to give the armband to someone else ahead of his first season in charge. 

With a young and inexperienced squad to work with, the decision of who to appoint could be a pivotal one in United's season, so here are five contenders that arguably deserve to be considered for the role.

Liam Cooper

Leeds' Liam Cooper (R) and Charlie Taylor celebrate at the final whistleLiam Cooper

The current vice-captain spent around half a season as the skipper when Neil Redfearn was in charge so would arguably be the obvious choice for Monk. With a lack of centre-backs in the current squad, it would make sense for the 24-year-old to be given the role as he will be in the team for the majority of their games. 

Rob Green

The summer signing also acts as an obvious choice given the amount of experience he brings with him. Though he has made some high-profile mistakes during his career, he brings a reliability that Leeds' defence has lacked in recent years so that consistency may make him the safest bet when it comes to being able to handle the role of being captain.

Luke Murphy

Nottingham Forest's Robert Tesche in action with Leeds' Luke MurphyLuke Murphy

Murphy captained former club Crewe during his final season before he left for Leeds. It would be a gamble to give the midfielder the armband as he has only really shown glimpses of his true quality and has struggled for that consistency. If Monk is confident that Murphy will feature regularly, then he would arguably be the perfect person to bridge the gap between the young players in the squad and the old heads. 

Gaetano Berardi

The 27-year-old would certainly be a popular choice given the attitude that he shows out on the pitch. He has shown throughout his time at Leeds that he is fully committed to the cause - even if that lands him in trouble on occasion. However, Rodolph Austin proved during his time with the club that a willingness to give everything to the point that you earn cult-hero status does not necessarily mean that a player will become a good captain. His injury record may also count against him. 

Alex Mowatt

Leeds United's Alex Mowatt in action with Brentford's Lasse VibeAlex Mowatt

The academy graduate would perhaps be a wildcard for the role, but it may be an inspired move from Monk to make him skipper. During the 2014/15 season, the 21-year-old thrived once he was considered to be the talisman of the side. And after a disappointing year last term, he has hinted in pre-season that he is getting back to his best, and Monk making him the talisman once again may bring the best out of him and may help convince him to extend his contract. 

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