Ex-Cardiff City defender makes first Bristol City appearance after Middlesbrough exit

Sol Bamba was amongst the names on the team sheet for Bristol City in their Under-21’s match with Birmingham City on Tuesday afternoon

Sol Bamba has been named in Bristol City’s starting XI for their Under-21s clash with Birmingham City this afternoon.

The Young Robins have had a 100% start to the campaign after defeating Barnsley, coming back to defeat Hull City and also keeping a clean sheet against Peterborough United last week.

Made up of mainly young players from the talented academy system, they were today joined by a defender that has an abundance of experience in the professional game

Former Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba was given a start alongside the likes of Ryley Towler and Joe Low with the latter captaining the side from defence.

The 37-year-old has been middlesbrough-centre-back-3807772" title="Exclusive: Bristol City take a close look at former Cardiff City and Middlesbrough centre-back">training at the High Performance Centre for the last fortnight or so, though no promises were made by Nigel Pearson about him signing.

Bamba, who had worked with Pearson at Leicester City, had previously a similar experience when he was in charge at Derby County, but ended up moving on to another club.

After being released by Boro, he had held talks with Swindon Town of League Two over a player-coach role but opted against dropping down two divisions.

Now a start for Alex Ball’s development side could mean that the former Leeds United defender could be a potential transfer option to act as cover.

After the news broke on Monday about forme Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker announcing his retirement following a series of head injuries, there is one less centre-back at the club.

City currently play a system that has three centre halves and so any cover, especially with Championship experience would be welcomed.

Tomas Kalas, who underwent surgery towards the end of last season, has yet to break into the squad and is still stepping up his recovery.

A short-term move for Bamba could be considered, similar to how Timm Klose’s move came about back in January, with minimal risk given there would be no transfer fee involved.

As to what City might do in the dying embers of the transfer window, Pearson expects a quiet end to the summer registration period.

Four new faces have come through the door in Mark Sykes, Kane Wilson, Kal Naismith and Stefan Bajic with the former three settling in whilst Bajic is yet to make his debut due to injury.

Speaking to BristolLive in his pre-match press conference ahead of the visit of Huddersfield Town, Pearson said: “But I’m not interested in last-minute dot com because we’ve had all summer, and so has everybody else.

“Deadline day for me is a gimmick that has been blown out of all proportion by TV. Really, it’s nonsense. But there will be lots of business done and, no doubt, we’ll have staff in here with pizzas and sandwiches. I won’t be here, no chance.”