After much speculation as to who could be coming to Elland Road, Leeds United has announced that the Palermo duo of Granddi Ngoyi and Sol Bamba will join the club for the remainder of the season. Notably, the two signings are on loan from the Serie A club due to the transfer ban Leeds was hit with by the Football Association earlier in the season.
Ngoyi, who is a former France under-21 international, is mainly a defensive midfielder, but has struggled to get playing time during his spell at Palermo. Motivated by a desire for more minutes, Ngoyi will now compete with the likes of Luke Murphy, Rodolph Austin, and Tomasso Bianchi for a spot in the newly instilled 4-2-3-1 formation.
When asked by the media about the move, Ngoyi expressed an appreciation for the opportunity and an eagerness to get started: "I'm very happy to be here. I'm very happy to be joining a good group. I will do my best for this club. I'm happy because I didn't play a lot of games at Palermo."
While Ngoyi will bring bite, physicality, and range to the heart of midfield, Bamba will bring something a little different to the team than his Palermo teammate. Bamba, who has registered 44 caps with the Ivory Coast national team, is well versed in the English game, as he used to be an integral part of Leicester City.
The 30-year-old center-back's experience will be valuable and leaned upon by an ailing Leeds' back-line that has allowed 38 goals through 27 games in the Championship. Playing time isn't guaranteed right off the bat for Bamba, but the Ivorian will surely put up a good fight for minutes with Jay Pierce, Liam Cooper, and Giuseppe Bellusci.
Just like Ngoyi did, Bamba made his excitment clear when discussing his move to Leeds: "To feel the atmosphere in training and everything with my team-mates is like coming back home. I try to win as many challenges as possible. I'm aggressive and I hate to lose or concede goals. Hopefully I can bring that spirit and mentality to the team."
The duo will have the opportunity to impress Neil Redfearn all week in training and work their way into the lineup. This weekend's Yorkshire derby away to Huddersfield Town is a ripe opportunity for Leeds to continue their recent rich stretch of form and Ngoyi and Bamba could be an integral part of it.
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