Leeds United star Sam Byram was used in a more advanced position against Bolton Wanderers last weekend.
He was nudged further forward from his normal position as a right-back to try and give Leeds some extra attacking potential and there were signs that it worked.
First team boss Neil Redfearn will now be debating whether to do the same in the match against Birmingham.
Here are five reasons he should.
Byram is one of the quickest players in the Leeds United squad and pace is a problem for any team to deal with. He can put teams onto the back foot and is experienced in terms of delivery, where he’s tried to create chances coming forward from a right-back role.
His Defensive Qualities
Byram’s experience as a right-back also means he should be effective in terms of winning the ball higher up the pitch. If he’s playing forward more, he can use his quality in terms of reading play and tackling to help the team maintain pressure more effectively.
Redfearn has previously commented on Byram’s confidence, suggesting that he’s sometimes affected by it. Showing him faith is important because he may see this new role as an opportunity to really push on and make a difference for the club. He’ll be confident and must take advantage of that.
One of the areas Leeds have really struggled this season is in terms of their width. They have predominantly used a narrow diamond formation, which places pressure on the full backs to create the width. Byram is one of those full backs and he knows how to control wide areas effectively and he can be supported by another full back getting forward.
His attitude to a more advanced role is exactly what it should be; he gets stuck in. His attitude ties in with the responsibility of a new position, but it wouldn’t work if he had doubts or was overly tentative in terms of how he plays as an attacking player and not a defensive one.