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Is there a more simple reason behind Sam Byram's current struggle for form at Leeds United?

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The right-back turned right-winger is playing even more out of position than usual.

Much has been made this season regarding the form of Sam Byram for Leeds United. The talented right-sided player had a great end to last season after being switched from a right-back role to a right-midfield position.

In the summer he was linked with moves to the likes of Sunderland, Newcastle United and Everton but he has struggled since the start of the current campaign.

It has been suggested that the recent transfer tumours might have turned his head, and they were perhaps the root of his problems.

However, could it be a more simple explanation? This season he is not being asked to fill in on the right-wing, he is being asked to play as a right-forward.

Last season he often featured in a 4-2-3-1 under Neil Redfearn with fellow left-back convert Charlie Taylor at left-midfield. His job was to add width as Redfearn had no other options but he worked in a much more defensive manner, something he will be much more comfortable with.

Uwe Rosler plays with a 4-3-3, and refuses to budge on the matter. Byram is therefore being asked to be part of a three-pronged attack week-in-week-out – a big departure from his more experienced game.

Surely Rosler would get more from him as an attacking minded right-back in the current formation he is playing, with Jordan Botaka now a good option to take the right-wing berth.

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