Was Sam Byram Leeds United's best player v Charlton Athletic?

Leeds United East Stand

The 21-year-old shone once again for Leeds in the Championship.

Amid the chaos at Leeds United - and the recent run of five straight Championship defeats - there were some positives yesterday afternoon.

Rudy Austin delivered for Neil Redfearn's men and Steve Morison scored his first goal in what seemed like light years.

But was Sam Byram Leeds' best player against Charlton Athletic in a game the Yorkshire side dominated despite losing 2-1?

  Chances CreatedAccurate CrossesFinal-Third PassesAccurate PassesTouchesMinutes Played
Sam Byram 3 2 19 47 71 89
Alex Mowatt 2 2 15 32 55 90
Luke Murphy 2 1 6 33 54 90
Charlie Taylor 1 2 6 29 73 90
Rodolph Austin 0 0 13 46 85 90

As Opta stats show, there was no better candidate for the accolade in an attacking midfield capacity. Byram created the highest number of chances of any Leeds player and also delivered two crosses.

A huge tally of 71 touches was also only bettered by two team-mates, while he landed both the highest amount of passes and final-third passes of any Leeds star.

That's not to mention the 21-year-old winning the penalty that could have added to the scoresheet for Redfearn's men had Billy Sharp not missed it.

More impressive form from Byram, then, despite the ongoing circus that surrounds him at Elland Road. The praise will keep coming for one so mature yet so young - although that may just work against Leeds as interest in him grows and grows.

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