Why Sunderland would be the best club for Leeds United’s Sam Byram to sign with

Sunderland have been linked with making a move for Leeds United defender Sam Byram.

Byram has been linked with an £8 million transfer to Sunderland this summer, as per the Mirror.

Highly rated in the Championship, and seen as one of the most promising players to have come through the Leeds academy in recent years, it will surely not be too long before he is playing in the Premier League.

And despite a host of big names interested in securing his services, the 21-year-old would do well to choose a move to Sunderland.

With the current absence of right-sided full-backs at the Stadium of Light, the youngster would all-but be guaranteed consistent first-team football in a Premier League side.

Not only will his chances to play be frequent, but he will be playing in a side who want to play with attacking full-backs, as Dick Advocaat outlined last season.

Only Patrick van Aanholt represented the kind of forward-thinking mobility that Advocaat wanted on Wearside last term, and the likes of Anthony Reveillere and Billy Jones - who played at right-back last term - were far more defensive-minded than he wanted.

Byram is very much built in the van Aanholt mould, wanting to attack on top of his defensive duties, and his three goals and three assists last term made it his most consistent offensive season for Leeds. He would only improve in a team who focus much of the play through the wide defenders, as Advocaat prefers his three front strikers to play very narrow, with all the width coming from the back-line.

The full-back is growing into his role as a highly rated defender, whilst adapting his game into an all-round modern day full-back, and a move to Sunderland, to work under a coach who will help him, would be the perfect decision for Byram - if he intends to fulfil his undoubted potential.

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