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Leeds United youngster Sam Byram admits players read criticism on social media

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Leeds United youngster Sam Byram says the players are aware of comments on social media.

Leeds United youngster Sam Byram has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he and several teammates read the criticism they get on social media.

Byram and a number of other Leeds stars are active on sites like Twitter, where fans have the opportunity to praise or lay into players after their performances in big games.

“We all read stuff on social media and things like that. But we don’t let it bother us, to be honest,” he said.

“We are a tight-knit group and we always look to the next game, and always try and stay positive.”

“We take what we can from the previous game and take it to the next one.”

There are a number of managers who are against their players using social media because of some of the perils involved but Neil Redfearn doesn’t appear to be one of them.

One of the most obvious risks of players using sites like Twitter is that it opens up the possibility that they could become affected mentally by any negative comments aimed at them.

Leeds are a side with several young players who are enjoying developing profiles, but they may respond differently to heavy criticism when compared to a more experienced star.

The other major risk or worry is the possibility of players getting themselves into trouble if they try to engage fans who are aiming the criticism.

Fans effectively have free reign in terms of what they can say but because players represent such huge clubs, they can’t always respond and say what they necessarily feel.

In this case Byram seems to have a very calm and level head on his shoulders, which is encouraging as he adapts to different positions in the Leeds United first team.

Certainly don’t expect him to become the latest player banned for saying something out of place after provocation.

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