Should Neil Redfearn consider changing Sam Byram's position?

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The Leeds defender has been superb going forward this season but has left his side vulnerable defensively.

A common theme within Leeds United's current squad is youthful exuberance.

The Yorkshire side have an abundance of young talent on their hands, all of whom are full of energy & creativity - and lack experience.

Sam Byram is a good example. The Leeds full-back has been brilliant going forward so far this Championship campaign. Defensively, however, the 21-year-old has left Neil Redfearn's team exposed on more than one occasion.

Yesterday's 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest was a case in point. Too often crosses were allowed into the box without opposition or pressure.

Should Redfearn, then, consider adapting Byram's current position?

  Chances CreatedAccurate CrossesDribbles WonFinal-Third PassesFinal-Third EntriesAppearances
Tommaso Bianchi 14 4 3 195 180 21
Stephen Warnock 22 10 3 169 161 19
Sam Byram 13 8 7 163 124 18
Lewis Cook 18 4 20 120 112 20

As Opta stats show, Byram has completed the third-most final-third entries of any Leeds player this season and is a lively attacking presence.

So why not allow the 21-year-old to maximise that willingness to get forward?

As a right midfielder, Byram could roam down the right-hand side and offer his right-back protection. That would give Leeds a boost both going forward and defensively down that flank.

As things stand, however, the full-back's constant desire to get forward is creating plenty of chances for his side - he won the penalty Billy Sharp converted at Nottingham Forest - but Byram simply isn't offering enough at the other end.

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