Stats: Sam Byram comes top in key area v Norwich but underwhelms in other departments

Sam Byram made seven interceptions against Norwich City but only completed 64 per cent of his passes.

It was another draw for Darko Milanic at Leeds last night.

The Slovenian is yet to find a win since moving to Elland Road but, at the same time, this was not an overly disappointing night considering the opposition Leeds United faced.

Norwich are certainly no pushovers and a point at Carrow Road is nothing to be sniffed at in the Championship.

Sam Byram's display against the Canaries seemed to broadcast similar messages. The young defender looked promising going forward but received criticism from some Leeds fans after the game, who feel his performance levels have decreased over time.

  TeamPosInterceptions WonEffective ClearancesPassing Accuracy (%)Total CrossesAccurate CrossesAppsMins
Sam Byram Leeds DF 7 6 64.29 2 0 1 90
Tommaso Bianchi Leeds MF 3 1 82.98 1 0 1 90
Alex Mowatt Leeds MF 3 0 76.00 3 0 1 63
Jason Pearce Leeds DF 2 13 74.07 0 0 1 90

Opta stats paint that exact picture. The 21-year-old topped one key area for Leeds (interceptions) by some distance, winning seven, while his nearest rival in that department was Tommaso Bianchi with just three.

In terms of clearances, too, Byram was only bettered by Jason Pearce, having made six.

But, despite glimpes of effectiveness going forward, Byram landed not a single accurate cross (although this was a theme replicated by all of Leeds' players) and particularly struggled with his passing.

The full-back completed just 64.29 per cent of his passes and that is unacceptable at any level.

A mixed day, then, really, during what is so far a very mixed campaign for United as a whole.

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