Former Leeds United star Eddie Gray has backed Sam Byram to be successful in a more advanced role.
The 1-1 draw against Bolton over the weekend offered Leeds fans the chance to see Byram playing in a more advanced position and Gray has given the youngster a glowing report.
“The outstanding player was Sam Byram who I felt played very well down that right side. He caused them a lot of problems running with the ball and it seemed to suit him,” wrote Gray for the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“Sam did well the last time we were up at Bolton when he also played further forward for that game. He’s definitely got the talent to play there and I thought he played extremely well on Saturday.”
One of the areas Leeds have struggled this season is their wide play, with first team boss Neil Redfearn previously commenting to LUTV on how a lack of width has affected his team.
Byram has the pace and the energy to be a real thorn in the side of any team from the Leeds attack and he also offers an obvious defensive ability when the side is under pressure.
Credit has to go to Redfearn for trying something new because his hands are, to a certain extent, tied by the transfer embargo the club is currently enduring.
That restricts the number of players he can bring into the club and credit also has to go to Byram for adapting to a new position and finding a way to be effective in attack.
Byram himself has previously stated how important Redfearn has been for his own confidence and that of his teammates, and it’s important he’s given the freedom and time to have an impact over the rest of the season in a more attacking and advanced role.