By Will Butcher
The future of Leeds captain Sol Bamba is in doubt in the final days of the transfer window, according to a reliable journalist.
Centre-back Bamba was omitted from the matchday squad for Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest as Garry Monk’s side struggled to deal with set pieces.
Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Lee Sobot suggested on his personal Twitter account on Monday that Leeds’ resolve to keep the 31-year-old could be tested by late August bids.
Sobot said Bamba’s future is “interesting” given that the loan signing of Pontus Jansson means the club now have four senior centre-backs.
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) August 29, 2016
Club captain Bamba could be seen as the most expendable even though two of the four – Sweden international Jansson and Kyle Bartley – have joined on season-long loans.
Former Chesterfield defender Liam Cooper is seen as first choice at Elland Road, which sees Bamba way down the pecking order.
The former Leicester defender is desperate to show the Yorkshire giants what he can do, with just 12 months remaining on his current deal. He may have to find somewhere else to do that though, as first-team chances under Monk look slim.
The 49-time international, who has come under criticism for his performances this season, was integral last season. Leeds’ number three made 33 appearances in league and cup encounters, scoring four goals.
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