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Sol Bamba’s PFA Team of the Year inclusion must irk Leeds United fans

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Sol Bamba’s PFA Team of the Year inclusion must irk Leeds United fans

The Cardiff City defender has been in fantastic form this season.

The PFA Premier League and PFA Championship Team of the Year were announced this afternoon. It was certainly no surprise to Leeds United to not see any of their players in the Championship side.

Last season Leeds had Chris Wood in the side and were left disappointed that neither Pontus Jansson or Kyle Bartley made the XI. On this occasion, no Leeds players deserved to be included.

However, there was a reason for Leeds to react to the PFA Team of the Year this season. A former Leeds United captain was included in the team.

(Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Sol Bamba was included in the team after a fantastic season with promotion-chasing Cardiff City. The Ivorian defender has been an ever-present for Neil Warnock’s side this season as the Welsh side chase an unlikely promotion to the Premier League.

With Bamba thriving, it will undoubtedly irk Leeds fans. The Whites have had a torrid season at the back. Jansson has been a shadow of his former self whilst Liam Cooper has been in inconsistent form. Matthew Pennington has spent most of the campaign on the sidelines and Leeds fans have been left frustrated with their shortcomings at centre-back.

Bamba was released by Garry Monk at the start of last season, as he decided the Ivorian had no place in his Leeds United plans.

(during the Emirates FA Cup fifth round match between Watford and Leeds United at Vicarage Road on February 20, 2016 in Watford, England.

It was a shocking move considering his previous good form for Leeds, but leading up to his release he had not been performing well.

So Leeds fans are certainly shocked to see him turning things around so dramatically with Cardiff City.

Whilst Leeds continue to plummet down the league table, Bamba is simply flourishing with the Bluebirds. The end result could be what Leeds fans have been craving for so long, promotion to the Premier League.

That would be an extremely bitter pill to swallow.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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