Monk shares why he has handed key role to player not certain to start
By Amir Mir
Leeds manager Garry Monk has confirmed Sol Bamba will remain as club captain despite increasing competition for a starting place.
Bamba took over the armband last season when former manager Uwe Rosler put the 31-year-old in charge.
With ex-captain Liam Cooper the established first-choice centre-back and Kyle Bartley signed on a season-long loan from Swansea, the Leeds skipper is far from guaranteed a starting position this season.
The Telegraph also reported on Thursday night that Leeds are weighing up an offer for Joleon Lescott after the former England defender was told he can leave Aston Villa.
But, Monk has seen no reason to change leadership within the team as the former Premier League manager gears up for his first match in charge of the Championship club.
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“Sol is obviously captain from last season and I think he does very well with that role so I see no reason to change it,” said Monk as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“But I also have a group of ‘leaders’ that work from within on a daily basis. But of course Sol was the captain from last year and I see no reason to change that.
“I think he does very well at that job and has a good relationship with the group which is important as a captain, so that’s what it will be from the start of the season.”
Bamba who singed a permanent contact with the Elland Road club last summer from Italian side Palermo, impressed Leeds supporters with his strong and vocal performances at the heart of the club’s defence.
The centre-back made 30 Championship appearances last term, scoring four goals as he faced competition for a first-team place from the now departed Giuseppe Bellusci.
The Yorkshire club suffered another disappointing season in 2015-16, which saw them finish in the bottom half of the Championship and concede 58 goals.
Monk’s first acid test is away at QPR on Sunday, as both team aim for promotion to the Premier League this season.
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