Why Sol Bamba could be Cardiff’s best signing of the season

Bristol City’s Lee Tomlin in action with Cardiff’s Joe Bennett and Sol Bamba

Sol Bamba has had an immediate impact since joining Cardiff City with a number of stand-out performances.

Neil Warnock set about securing the services of Sol Bamba almost immediately after being appointed as Cardiff City manager and the former Leeds United centre-half has not disappointed.

The 31-year-old has started every one of Warnock’s first six games in charge of the Bluebirds.

Bamba slotted straight into the back four alongside Sean Morrison after joining as a free agent in October. The centre-back was released by Leeds shortly after pre-season after coming to a mutual agreement with the club.

Newcastle's Aleksandar Mitrovic in action with Cardiff 's Sol Bamba

Neil Warnock has taken three wins from six games as Cardiff boss and the most recent was a 3-2 victory against high-flying Huddersfield Town at the weekend.

Bamba was once again given the nod for the home clash and he stood out with yet another solid display, despite the Bluebirds conceding two.

The Ivory Coast international is showing his leadership and alongside captain Sean Morrison the two are installing a real hard-to-beat mentality into the team.

Cardiff’s Sol Bamba scores their second goal

Cardiff have struggled to find strong leaders since the departure of Mark Hudson a couple of years ago and Bamba is one of those players; an aggressive leader who breeds confidence in the players in front of him.

He was criticised by Leeds fans for his inconsistent performances but Cardiff are yet to see that and he may yet be the most important signing they will make this season.

Bamba’s warrior-like displays have brought passion back to not only Cardiff’s play, but to the stands as well.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock

Fans are enjoying the big tackles and it gives them a real reason to get behind their team even when things are not going the way they would like.

Bamba is not a star name and he is unlikely to turn too many heads this season given his age but you would struggle to find a more reliable centre-back than him in his first six games for Cardiff.

Leicester's Sol Bamba (L) remonstrates with an assistant referee

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