72 touches, 4 tackles: Sam Byram was everywhere against Blackpool

The Leeds star produced another impressive showing at Bloomfield Road.

Leeds United's young core really has blossomed this Championship season.

In very few other sides will you see the backbone of a team so disciplined and authoritative yet so young - with the knowledge that the best is very much yet to come.

During Leeds' 1-1 draw at Blackpool, the experienced head of 30-year-old Mirco Antenucci grabbed the Yorkshire side's all-important goal - but several youngsters delivered nonetheless. A chief performer was Sam Byram...

 V Blackpool Final-Third PassesTouchesTacklesInterceptionsPassing AccuracyMinutes Played
Sam Byram 10 72 4 3 61% 90
Mirco Antenucci 8 20 0 0 86% 36
Lewis Cook 8 67 2 3 46% 90
Scott Wootton 8 70 2 2 47% 90
Giuseppe Bellusci 2 56 1 5 44% 90
Gaetano Berardi 0 55 3 2 41% 90

Indeed, as Opta stats show, the 21-year-old made more final-third passes than any other Leeds player against Lee Clark's Blackpool.

That also combined with Byram taking more touches of the ball than any of his team-mates - Lewis Cook and Scott Wootton were his nearest rivals.

Defensively, however, Byram also contributed heavily, winning more tackles than any other Leeds star and also winning three interceptions.

The youngster's biggest criticism would be his 61 per cent passing accuracy. That, however, was actually quite impressive compared to the the rest of those who played 90 minutes at Bloomfield Road - and the disastrous pitch certainly played its part in that.

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