We All Love Leeds Head of Content Keith Ingham takes a look at Sam Byram's recent performances for the club.
One of the best things Colin did when he was at Leeds (I say that with tongue in cheek) was to give an opportunity to young right back Sam Byram, his first 'break' into the Leeds United first team in 2012/13's preseason The skillful youngster from Essex took to the right back position with marauding runs down the right and another successful product from the academy was blossoming.
That season he played 44 Championship games, in a position that had not been filled successfully in the years previous. Injury the following season restricted his appearances to only 25 games, but he still showed enough in the games he played to show he was one for now and the future.
Last season a new facet of his game started. A position on the right side of midfield or wing back as Leeds struggled to find players. Byram gave the club some width, somewhat pace and a useful header of the ball, giving the team some much needed height in the opposition penalty area. He applied himself well to both positions and played nearly forty games.
This season much was expected of the youngster, in his fourth season and he has been heavily admired by teams in the Premiership, maybe this has had a massive effect on his performances. He was good at the preseason game at York and in the season opener against Burnley, but since then he has seemed to be struggling with the uncertainty surrounding him. No new contract has recently been offered and Sam could walk away from the club in the summer.
For me, Sam is a better right back than a winger, he isn't the best tackler in the position and inform Berardi for me should keep his shirt as he's been one of the most consistent in this fledgling season. Maybe a couple of games on the bench would benefit the player. I just hope we see the return of the very good player Sam Byram is, sooner rather than later.
By Keith Ingham