Three key passes; seven crosses; Leeds' Sam Byram impresses despite opening-weekend stalemate

Sam Byram impressed as Leeds United were held at home by Burnley.

Leeds United began the new Championship season with a 1-1 draw against Burnley at Elland Road on Saturday lunch-time.

Mirco Antenucci came off the bench to break the stalemate before Burnley's Sam Vokes denied the home side a season-opening victory at the death.

21-year-old Sam Byram, who has come through the club's academy to become a key first-team player, was on hand to contribute regularly to his side's efforts in the final third - as the statistics suggest. 

  Total ShotsKey PassesAccurate CrossesAccurate PassesPass Completion (%)Dribbles WonFree-kicks WonAerial Duels WonMins Played
Sam Byram 0 3 7 33 85 0 1 5 90

Byram had a great game at Elland Road, especially considering Burnley’s primary tactic for containing him involved a good kicking.

The youngster also proved extremely useful in the air - winning five aerial duels throughout proceedings - and he looked a threat every time he pushed forward, thanks to his pace and creativity.

Despite failing to record a single successful take on, he made good ground down the right-flank - this showed with his contribution in the final third.

Indeed, he supplied seven accurate crosses throughout his cameo, while weighing in with three key passes. 

Despite a disappointing start to the Championship campaign, Leeds fans will take positives from a number of individual displays - including Sam Byram's.

The 21-year-old, who continues to impress in a more advanced wide role, will be a key attacking outlet for the Whites this term. 

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