Sam Byram of Leeds United has been tipped to follow in the foot steps of Gareth Bale by first team coach Neil Redfearn.
Neil Redfearn may have just dropped Leeds United right in the mess by describing the similarities between 19-year-old right back Sam Byram and Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur when he was the same age.
If alarm bells haven’t already started going off at White Hart Lane then Daniel Levy should get into a taxi quickly or drive up North himself to try and poach this lad, before getting him signed on a long term deal.
Bale’s dramatic rise in a Tottenham shirt has made him one of the most sought after players in European football so Spurs need to take advantage of that, stressing to a player like Byram that he could have a similar impact at the club.
“For me, looking at Sam, I remember Gareth Bale coming onto the scene and looking like something similar. I do think Sam has got that sort of ability to go on and become that type of player,” Redfearn told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Byram only has two years left to run on his current deal with Leeds which will make him much more affordable this summer, than if he signs a longer deal and maintains his impressive form for the club.
He’s played in 44 Championship games this season, which shows consistency, reliability and fitness for a young man who still has a great deal to learn about professional football.
The problem that Bale has now created for Tottenham in the respect that he’s going to become a serious transfer target for top clubs, should make the club more determined to find the next player of the same model.
Spurs have been trying to develop key young players since they signed Bale, along the same lines, and it has worked to a certain extent with the emergence of Kyle Walker in the back four and with the likes of Tom Carroll through the middle.
The problem Spurs face if they decide to go after him is not just the competition from other clubs, but the fact they cannot offer him a similar role straight away to the one he enjoys at Leeds.
Byram has grown very used to being first choice at right back for Leeds, which hasn’t changed since Brian McDermott came in as the club’s new boss following Neil Warnock who gave him a chance this season.
It’s a fine one for the young man to judge because Bale originally left Southampton for a Premier League giant who could offer him a lot more than he was receiving at the Saints.
Byram has a great shot at securing promotion with Leeds next season, which will tempt him to sign a longer deal at the club, showing some loyalty when plenty of other players would quickly jump ship.
His role in that team is undisputed, but Spurs would be very naïve if they are not one of the clubs sniffing around and making a couple of enquiries this summer.
Worth a punt for Tottenham?
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