Marcelo Bielsa should move to bring ex-captain Sol Bamba back to Leeds

Having missed out on Swansea man and former loanee Kyle Bartley to West Brom, Leeds will need to be in the market for another centre-back or two to add to the three currently at the club.

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With new boss Marcelo Bielsa preferring a 3-3-1-3 formation, it is no surprise that Leeds attempted to sign Bartley before he decided to head to the Hawthorns.

Pontus Jansson, Conor Shaughnessy and Liam Cooper are currently the only senior centre-backs at Elland Road and Bielsa will be looking to inject some competition for places.

The Argentine manager has been known to use ball-playing central midfielders as centre-backs at his former clubs – which include Marseille, Athletic Bilbao and the Argentina national side among many others. However, in the physical and competitive Championship he may find that this leaves his side vulnerable.

Ex-Leeds man and current Cardiff player Sol Bamba could be just the man to play at the heart of Bielsa’s defence and would be the perfect signing this summer after he left the club just two years ago.

Step down for Sol

Sol Bamba celebrates for Leeds in 2016

Having proved himself to be one of the Championship’s top defenders in the past two seasons with Premier League new boys Cardiff, Bamba should make the move back down a league to Leeds to lend his talents to another promotion push.

Now 33-years-old, he may not have the legs to cope with some of the world’s best in the Prem but he certainly has the ability and experience to be a key player in England’s second division.

The Ivory Coast international initially joined Leeds on loan from Italian side Palermo in January 2015, before signing permanently that summer and almost immediately being made captain. When Garry Monk was appointed in the summer of 2016 he announced that Bamba would remain in the role, but after an own goal at the start of the season he lost his place and was released by September that same year.

A return to Elland Road would now be perfect for all parties and after missing out on Bartley in a competitive market, Leeds cannot afford to wait around before making defensive additions.