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Sol Bamba comments on captaincy; demonstrates his leadership skills

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

The Leeds United defender has once again been made skipper at Elland Road.

Sol Bamba of Leeds United (L) and Diego Fabbrini of Millwall in actionSol Bamba of Leeds United (L) and Diego Fabbrini of Millwall in action

Leeds United defender Sol Bamba has been talking to the club website about his delight at continuing to skipper the Yorkshire giants. 

New manager Garry Monk has certainly been eager to make additions to the squad at Elland Road, bringing in a number of signings since taking the hot seat. But one thing the former Swansea boss hasn't been looking to change is the club captain, with the 37-year-old admitting that the Ivory Coast international has done well in what he has seen so far.

Swansea manager Garry MonkLeeds manager Garry Monk

Bamba arrived on a permanent transfer from Palermo last summer, having impressed on loan earlier in 2015. He quickly assumed the captaincy for the 2015-16 season, skippering the club in all but a couple of the matches he featured in.

And the 31-year-old made it clear just how delighted he was to continue in his role, as he prepares for his third season with the Whites.

“It’s a massive honour for me – I never take it for granted," he told leedsunited.com. “It’s a huge honour for me to represent the club and for my family as well. I’m going to do it to the best of my ability and hopefully I can make the club and the fans proud.

Sol Bamba celebrates after scoring the first goal for Leeds UnitedSol Bamba celebrates after scoring for Leeds United

“People just see it on the pitch – it’s more obvious as you’ve got the armband on – but I think it’s also a massive job off the pitch to make sure everyone is okay and that I know what everyone needs. Sometimes it’s just a quick chat or to go for a coffee with someone to make sure they’re okay.

“I think that’s the most difficult part of the job because on the pitch it’s just football, we know what to do. Outside it’s about knowing what the player needs.”

Bamba's words indicate a real willingness to do the right thing for Leeds and their players, and in a sense demonstrate exactly why Monk was happy to continue with him as skipper.

After making 33 appearances last season, Bamba might hope to get a few more games in the coming season, with Leeds kicking off their Championship campaign away to QPR on Sunday.

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

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