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Transfer Flashback: Sol Bamba to Leeds

Transfer Flashback: Sol Bamba to Leeds

The 33-year-old made his debut made for Leeds United in a 2–1 West Yorkshire derby win over Huddersfield Town a week after joining the club.

Some supporters were very pleased with the club’s decision to bring him in, as they took to the confirmation on Twitter to express their delight over the signing.

Sol Bamba began his career with Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain at the age of 11. Despite impressing for PSG’s youth and B teams, he only appeared in two first team games, in his final year at the club at the age of 21.

The central defender then went on to enjoy spells at Dunfermline and Hibernian over in Scotland, which really helped him progress and develop into the player that many Leeds fans loved at Elland Road.

However, with Bamba’s contract with Hibs due to expire at the end of the 2010–11 season, the club agreed on a deal with Football League Championship Leicester City for his transfer. He enjoyed a very strong start to life at the King Power Stadium, but the signing of Wes Morgan pushed him towards an inevitable exit.

Indeed, the Ivorian international secured a move to Turkish side Trabzonspor but was later released in his second season at the club. He struggled to enjoy regular minutes at Palermo after arriving in the summer of 2014, so a January transfer window loan move was on the cards.

On the 23rd of January 2015, Bamba joined Leeds United for the remainder of the season, with the possibility of making the transfer permanent at a later date. He made his debut for Leeds in a 2–1 West Yorkshire derby win over Huddersfield Town a week later. But, the defender had to wait until March to score his first goal for the club.

After impressing during his time at Leeds, Bamba revealed his desire to join the club on a permanent basis, as the Whites secured his services for an undisclosed fee.

Despite the defender enjoying a successful time of things during his year-and-a-half spell at the club, he was never a fan of the club’s owner at the time, Massimo Cellino. The now Cardiff City man slated the Italian on a number of occasions for the way the club was being ran, which was an opinion that some supporters shared.

It comes as no surprise that a lot of supporters were delighted with the club’s choice to bring him in on loan as he went on to establish himself as the club captain under Uwe Rosler, along with producing a number of memorable moments with big tackles and stunning goals.

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