Why Leeds youngster Sam Byram isn't ready for the Premier League yet

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The academy product is struggling to maintain his esteemed reputation at present.

Despite getting his season off to an uncharacteristically slow start, the speculation about Sam Byram's Leeds United future that followed him throughout pre-season has failed to die down.

As reported by the South Wales Evening Post earlier in the week, it's believed that Swansea City are the latest club monitoring Byram, with a view to making an approach for his services in the near future.

After becoming the Whites' breakout star in the 2013/14 season, where he scooped all three honours on show at the club's end of season awards ceremony, Byram's rise has gradually slowed over the past 12-18 months.

Though he excelled at right back in his debut season, the 22-year-old has now found himself in a state of flux over where exactly his future lies. At present, his showings as a winger aren't going to plan for Uwe Rosler, while a return to full back any time soon looks unlikely.

If new recruit Jordan Botaka comes in and impresses for Leeds, Byram could even find himself out of favour despite his status at the club. Full-back pairing Charlie Taylor and Gaetano Berardi have been impressive this season too, meaning a simple revert to his former position won't be routine by any means.

There's no doubting that Byram has the ability and projection of a player who could one day compete in the Premier League, but a move in the near future would be premature.

Until he zeroes in on his long-term position and becomes a player physically capable of performing on a weekly basis there, the youngster should be left to continue his development in the Championship.

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