Leeds United: Time for us to recruit, says captain Sol Bamba

Sol Bamba turns to celebrate his equaliser against Derby County on Tuesday night.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Sol Bamba turns to celebrate his equaliser against Derby County on Tuesday night. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

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LEEDS UNITED captain Sol Bamba has called on the club to invest during the January transfer window – after revealing his belief that the Whites squad is ‘a bit short’ in terms of depth.

Leeds head into today’s Championship home game with struggling MK Dons on the back on a morale-boosting six-match unbeaten sequence, with Bamba believing that the perfect platform has been laid for a concerted New Year upturn.

All told, United have been beaten just twice in their past 10 league outings with the confidence and mood in the dressing room having transformed following a low-key autumn.

Bamba is of the view that some new additions could potentially propel the club into play-off contention.

He said: “A few additions in January would now help. To compete, you need a good squad. At the minute, if I am honest, we are a bit short.

“So, if we can add one or two in the transfer window then we could end up right in the mix.

“Belief has been a big factor in how we have been playing. Football is all about confidence. Six unbeaten helps us in that respect and we need to keep it going.

“We said in the dressing room after Derby that to make it a valuable point, we have to now beat MK Dons. We must get the three points.”

Leeds start the new year closer to the play-offs than the drop zone and despite an indifferent start to the season, Bamba is confident that United are back on track.

The former Ivory Coast international believes that momentum is building, but equally acknowledges that plenty more work is required for United to genuinely turn their campaign around.

He added: “Something is building here. I think you can see that in our last ten performances. There is definitely something there.

“But we need to keep going and get the consistency that teams need in this league. We are six games unbeaten but that is only a start. We need to keep it going and keep performing without any pressure. Just enjoy football, that is what the game should be about.

“It is good to get the results at home. On our day, we can play very well. We just need this consistency.

“We have to keep our feet on the ground. When we go on a run, this is such a big club that people can start to dream. There is a long way to go.

“I arrived at the start of the year and there has been a lot of improvement. If I am honest, I thought we took some steps back when Uwe Rosler left.

“It felt like we had taken two steps forward but then four back. We were starting all over again.

“But, at the minute, we are looking good and I think people can see the improvement.