Uwe Rosler admits transfer links distracted Sam Byram, but he is now on the right path

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The Leeds United star has not been in his best form recently.

Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler has been discussing wide man Sam Byram today in his pre-match press conference ahead of a clash with former club Brentford. The right-back turned winger has struggled to find his best form since the start of the new season and there have been some suggestions that new signing Jordan Botaka might replace him.

But Rosler told his presser, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, that Byram has looked much sharper in training ever since the transfer window closed earlier this month.

Rosler stated:

“I talked about Sam before and I felt that with Sam, the rumours and continuous speculation didn’t help him.

“You can already see in the last two weeks that there’s an easiness around him now. He knows he’ll be with us for the next year at least; hopefully for longer but at least for the next year, Leeds United will be his home.

“To be honest, the transfer window has affected him like it affects many other players who’ve been in similar situations at other clubs. We aren’t the only club who’ve faced that problem.

“Sam’s a good guy and he always dealt with it in a professional manner. He tried his best in the way he committed himself and the way he played.

“Over the time we had good dialogue. I spoke to him probably more than any other player one-to-one and we’re both happy that it (the transfer window) is done now. We can only speak about football.”

Of course Byram was linked with a heap of clubs this summer.

The likes of Everton, Sunderland and Newcastle United were all linked with the player this summer – with the Daily Mail suggesting that a Premier League team might be ready to splash out a fee of up to £8 million for the player this summer.

In the end no bid materialised and now the transfer window is shut Byram is free to concentrate solely on his football and produce the top drawer performances he delivered toward the end of last season in a Leeds shirt.

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