Released by Leeds United, Sol Bamba rated as Championship's best player

Garry Monk the Middlesbrough manager looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Middlesbrough at Craven Cottage on September 23, 2017 in London, England.

Sol Bamba has starred for Cardiff City this season.

Cardiff player Sol Bamba in action during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Cardiff City and Fulham at Cardiff City Stadium on January 8, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.

In early October last year, Cardiff City swooped to sign free agent Sol Bamba after his release by Leeds United.

Ex-Whites head coach Garry Monk decided he could not offer Bamba sufficient playing time - after loaning in Kyle Bartley, and chose to release Bamba.

Bamba has come into his own at Cardiff, earning a three-year deal in the summer.

Sol Bamba (R) of Leeds United gestures to referee Tim Robinson during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers on October 29, 2015 in Leeds, United Kingdom.

The centre-back's performances have been so good that Opta powered website rate Bamba as the best player in the Championship.

Bamba, who has scored twice himself, has an average rating of 7.67, better even than Wolves sensation Diogo Jota (7.57).

Perhaps it was a mistake after all?

Very few Leeds fans missed Sol Bamba last season, as Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley forged a strong partnership.

But with Swansea blocking Leeds' hopes to extend Bartley's loan deal, Leeds are now without both he and Bamba.

Letting the Ivory Coast ace go is perhaps now looking a little short-sighted, and the defender deserves all the plaudits after his recent career turnaround.

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