Leeds United youngster Sam Byram is happy to have added versatility to his game.
Leeds United youngster Sam Byram has told LUTV that his major achievement this season has been to be able to play as a right-sided midfielder.
Byram is a right-back by trade and played the first half of the season in that position, but over the past few months, he has been deployed mainly as a right winger.
The 21-year-old, who has been linked with a move to Premier League outfit Liverpool by The Daily Star, has excelled in both positions, but he believes that he is better off as a right-back.
“Playing in a more attacking role has developed me into a more rounded player,” Byram told LUTV.
“I still think that I am probably better as a right-back, but as a modern-day full-back, you do a lot of attacking and to play 15+ games as a right midfielder has given me the confidence to improve that side of my game so that has been a big plus point for me.”
While it seems that given the option Byram would play as a right-back, he is happy to have played over 15 matches in the Championship as a right-winger.
Versatility is a boon for a modern-day footballer, and in the long term the Leeds youngster will benefit from playing as a midfielder in the second half of the season.
The youngster has had a good campaign on a personal level, scoring three goals and creating 38 chances in 38 Championship appearances.
Byram has a pass accuracy of 77% and a shot accuracy of 43%, and has won 87 headers, 20 dribbles and 56 tackles in those 38 league matches.
Leeds are currently 15th in the Championship table with 55 points from 45 matches and cannot finish any higher in the standings.
The West Yorkshire outfit will take on Rotherham United at Elland Road in the league on Saturday.