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As Leeds United falter, Sol Bamba is leading a promotion charge

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As Leeds United falter, Sol Bamba is leading a promotion charge

Sol Bamba and Cardiff City could be making their way back to the Premier League.

Leeds United’s flickering hopes of making it into the Championship play-off picture were firmly extinguished last night. Wolves claimed a 3-0 triumph at Elland Road to end the fleeting hopes of promotion for Leeds this season.

Leeds’ season started with such promise. After a change of manager and some intriguing recruitment they looked like genuine promotion contenders. That has not proved to be the case. Leeds sacked Thomas Christiansen and have failed to get back to winning ways. Currently they sit 13th and many a Leeds fan has had enough.

What rubs salt in the wounds? The fact a former Leeds captain, let go as he was deemed not good enough, could be heading to the Premier League.

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 27: Leeds United’s Sol Bamba floored during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Leeds United at the Riverside on September 27, 2015 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Richard Sellers/Getty Images) ***Sol Bamba***

At the start of last season Sol Bamba had his contract at Leeds terminated by mutual consent. After his excellent start to life at Elland Road he had faltered. After dropping behind Pontus Jansson, Liam Cooper and loanee Kyle Bartley in the pecking order the Leeds captain was let go.

Cardiff City took full advantage and signed him on a free transfer with Neil Warnock hoping he could help them in their march out of relegation trouble. He certainly did just that and this season he has done more.

CARDIFF, WALES – DECEMBER 01: Cardiff manager Neil Warnock celebrates with defender Sol Bamba after the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Norwich City at Cardiff City Stadium on December 1, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

He has played 35 times this season as Cardiff continue to shock the Championship predictors. The Bluebirds are currently on a five-game winning streak in the second-tier. Such form has Bamba’s side in a shock position of second in the table and four points clear of Aston Villa third.

It would just reek of Leeds United’s recent luck if the captain they let go at the start of last season was to guide Cardiff to promotion. One major issue for Leeds has been their struggles at centre-back this season, both in form and fitness.

If only they still had Bamba to call upon.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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