Why Redfearn's solution to Leeds' problem position is only a short-term fix

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Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has been using Sam Byram as a right winger over recent months.

Neil Redfearn's persistent desire to bring an out-and-out winger to Leeds United suggests that he sees Sam Byram as a temporary fix to their right-wing struggles, rather than a permanent one.

Byram has been utilised on the right flank for a sizeable part of this season and he has performed admirably in a more advanced role.

The youngster has shown all of his attacking qualities, whilst he has managed to remain disciplined and provide protection for his defence. 

It has led to questions over whether Redfearn feels that Byram's long-term future lies as a winger, rather than in the right-back slot he has generally been stationed in, but that seems unlikely. 

Redfearn has made no secret of his intention to bring in wingers, with reports in the Yorkshire Evening Post suggesting this is the area of his squad that he feels is most in need of additions.

The likes of Byram, Charlie Taylor and Alex Mowatt have all done well out wide, but it is not their preferred position, and Redfearn seemingly only wants to play them there as a short-term fix.

Over the summer it looks likely that a natural winger will be added to Leeds' squad and that will allow Byram to move back to his right-back slot.

At the moment Scott Wootton has been used as a auxiliary full-back and he has coped really well.

Wootton was expected to be on his way out of Elland Road, but his performances in an unfamiliar position have seen him earn a new deal.

The former Manchester United youngster has added steel and power to Leeds' defence, but his lack of attacking qualities have occasionally been brought into question.

Wootton doesn't have the ability to rampage down the right-hand side, like Byram did when utilised there, and it appears likely that Redfearn will opt to move both players back to their more familiar positions this summer.

The good news is that Redfearn knows the versatility of his players, but Byram's role as a right-winger does not seem one which is set to last for the years ahead. 

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