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Steve Evans’ curt response when asked about Sol Bamba’s absence

Sol Bamba did not feature for Leeds United against Nottingham Forest in the Championship on Saturday.

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has suggested to TV Yorkshire that Sol Bamba is not in the team because his performances have not been good.

Bamba was not drafted into the Leeds starting lineup for the Championship game against Nottingham Forest at home on Saturday afternoon.

The 31-year-old central defender was an unused substitute, as the West Yorkshire outfit suffered a 1-0 loss at Elland Road.

The Ivory Coast international has been out of the team of late, and Evans has suggested that the centre-back needs to improve his performances in order to make a return.

Evans was rather curt in his reply when he was asked about Bamba’s recent exclusion from the Leeds starting lineup.

“I didn’t ask,” Evans told TV Yorkshire when asked how Bamba took Liam Cooper’s inclusion in the Leeds starting lineup for the match against Forest.

“Well, that’s his problem, isn’t it?” said the Scot when he was pointed out that Bamba is frustrated at the moment. “His performances need to dictate whether he should be in the team.”

Bamba has scored one goal and created three chances 17 Championship games for Leeds so far this season.

The former Leicester City man has a pass accuracy of 79% and a shot accuracy of 29%, and has won 59 headers, 15 dribbles and 35 tackles.

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