If Leeds United lose one talented youngster this summer they should move for a player currently on the books at Tottenham Hotspur.
The future of Leeds United player Sam Byram remains unclear with ongoing reports suggesting the 21-year-old could be the target of big-money bids this summer.
The latest report came from Saturday’s Sunderland Echo, which suggested Premier League side Sunderland could move for Byram for £5million if their other right-back target, Carl Jenkinson, opted for a return to West Ham United.
That comes after a claim from the Mirror last week that the Black Cats may be tempted to go as high as £8million for the Leeds player.
So if Byram does leave this summer – and for now it remains a big ‘if’ – Leeds manager Uwe Rosler will be on the lookout for a replacement, and what better option than a Tottenham Hotspur youngster who will struggle for game-time next season?
Ryan Fredericks is one of a growing number of right-backs at White Hart Lane, with Kieran Trippier becoming the latest following his £3.5million move from Burnley.
With Trippier, Kyle Walker, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Dier and Vlad Chiriches all currently on Tottenham’s books and able to play in that position, Fredericks has his work cut out to get any game-time at all in the short term. However, a move to Leeds could suit all parties.
Fredericks has just a year left on his current contract and while he is a very talented player it remains to be seen if Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino sees a future for him at the club, with his recent transfer dealings suggesting possibly not.
Fredericks’ versatility - he can play as either a right-back or a right winger - means he could slot seamlessly into the hole left if Byram does move on this summer, while his previous loan spells at Middlesbrough, Brentford and Millwall mean he is fully aware of the challenges of the Football League.
Byram may yet remain at Leeds, but if a huge offer comes in Leeds owner Massimo Cellino will have a tough decision to make as long as no new deal for the youngster is forthcoming.
With Fredericks just a year older than Byram and with talent aplenty, the club could do a lot worse, as could a player who would be signing for a side full of promising youngsters.