Leeds United defender Sam Byram has told the club’s website that his positional change has taken plenty of getting used to.
Current boss Neil Redfearn took the decision to move Byram further forward from his more familiar right-back role, to provide extra width on the right hand side of the Leeds midfield.
It was a big challenge for the youngster and one he’s admitted that he didn’t find easy last season.
“The change has taken quite a bit of getting used to. Compared to playing at right-back, where the whole game is in front of you, playing further forward – either in right-midfield or right-wing – is very different,” he said.
“A lot of the time, I am playing with my back to the goal. That is a big change to get used to, but I have enjoyed it, even if I do feel right-back is my best position.”
It will be interesting to see if Byram is kept in a right midfield role or is reverted to his more familiar position of right-back for next year.
He deserves credit for adapting to a position he’s not used to and the circumstances at Leeds should allow him to revert to a position along the back four.
It’s difficult to judge who will be in charge of the team next season and it would be surprising if any new manager coming into the club decides to do anything other than use him at right-back.
That would be the safe bet for any new manager coming into the club and getting used to the squad.
The transfer embargo being lifted off of the shoulders of the club also means there are no excuses for the manager in terms of not going out and signing a more suited and more experienced right sided wide player.
Byram is a level headed youngster and a superb professional. Wherever he is asked to play for Leeds, he will give everything.