A warning to Leeds United's Sam Byram and Alex Mowatt

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Leeds United pair Sam Byram and Alex Mowatt have both been linked with Premier League moves recently.

Leeds United's Sam Byram and Alex Mowatt should avoid the temptation of leaving Elland Road, despite being linked to the Premier League in recent weeks.

The Daily Star has suggested that Byram is a major target for Liverpool, whilst Mowatt is wanted by Hull City, according to the Mirror.

The pair have been in sensational form for Leeds throughout the campaign and it seems that their talents have not gone unnoticed, with top-flight clubs said to be circling.

Leeds will almost certainly face a fight to keep the pair this summer, but Byram and Mowatt should reject any approaches for the good of their development.

The Whites' academy graduates are now established members of their side's first-team and this experience of playing senior football will be crucial for their progression.

If they do move on, their chances of playing will be significantly reduced and, although the lure of top-level football is great, they must act with caution.

Byram and Mowatt both have time on their side and there is likely to be a moment when they need to leave Elland Road, especially if Leeds remain in the Championship, but that time has not come yet. 

The path to stardom is littered with great talents who have failed to reach their potential by chasing the limelight too early and Byram and Mowatt need to take this warning.

Hull have already brought some of the Football League's best talents to the KC Stadium, but ask Tom Ince or Harry Maguire if their development has been best served by joining Steve Bruce's team. 

The pair are now out on loan at Championship sides and there is uncertainty over whether they will be able to break into the Tigers' first-team next term.

Byram's chances of breaking through at Liverpool look even more limited. Even though Brendan Rodgers has shown faith in youngsters, the demands of the modern game mean that success needs to be instant at a club of the Reds' stature.

It means that Byram would have little time to acclimatise to life in the Premier League and, at this stage of his career, he is far better off staying somewhere he is loved and is familiar with. 

The pair are destined to go to the very top of the game, but it is not time to make that step up yet and the best thing that Byram and Mowatt can do is to remain at Elland Road, where they are still learning their trade.

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