Andy Hinchcliffe explains how Sam Byram is different, comments on his future

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Leeds United youngster Sam Byram has been linked with Everton, Sunderland and Newcastle United.

Former Sheffield Wednesday defender Andy Hinchcliffe has explained on Sky Sports how Leeds United youngster Sam Byram is different from other English players.

Hinchcliffe, who played for Wednesday from 1998 to 2002, spoke highly of the 21-year-old on Sky Sports 1 in the build-up to the Championship game between Leeds and the Owls at Elland Road on Saturday.

“The versatility of Sam Byram has really impressed me,” said the former Wednesday defender. “You don’t see this too often with English players.

“He can play at right-back, centre-back, he is now playing in midfield, as a winger-back and wide-ish player, and that bodes well for his future.

“The problem I feel is if Leeds do not get promoted, how are they going to keep hold of a player like this?”

Byram has been at Leeds his entire career and is one of the most important players in the current squad.

The youngster showed his versatility last season when he featured as a right-winger for a number of games.

In 39 Championship appearances during the 2014-15 campaign, the 21-year-old scored three goals and created 39 chances.

The Englishman had a pass accuracy of 77% and a shot accuracy of 43%, and won 91 headers, 20 dribbles and 56 tackles.

Byram will be an important player for Leeds this season, as the West Yorkshire outfit aim to finish in the top six of the Championship.

The youngster’s runs down the right flank and his crosses will help the Whites score goals as the season progresses.

In four Championship matches so far this season, the 21-year-old has created six chances, has a pass accuracy of 79%, and has won 12 headers, two dribbles and three tackles.

Byram seems set to remain at Leeds for the 2015-16 campaign, despite speculation over this future at Elland Road over the past few weeks.

According to The Sun, Everton want to sign the right-back, while The Sunderland Echo has reported of Sunderland’s interest in the 21-year-old and The Guardian has claimed that Newcastle United are keeping tabs on him.

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