The right-back has been in the news for the wrong reasons this week.
This week has seen Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino openly criticise the team’s right-winger convert Sam Byram after it emerged he had rejected a contract at the club at the end of last year.
The criticism was stinging and probably unfair from the outspoken Leeds supremo, who is never one to pull punches in the media.
In the wake of such news there have been many rumours circling regarding Byram’s wages and the cut in his weekly wage that Leeds were asking him to take.
Cellino has made cutting the wage bill a key component of his tenure at the club. That drive has seen the likes of Stephen Warnock, Noel Hunt and Steve Morison released – whilst others have taken cuts in their wage.
However the rumours have suggested that Byram is in fact on £20,000 a week – which has now been rubbished by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
They claim that he is in fact on £12,000 – still making him one of the club’s highest earners.
In defence of Byram, he is in no way obliged to take the cut. He knows he could make much more money if he moved to any of the number of teams linked with his signature.
But with all this going on, Byram needs to start earning that pay check. His form this season has been below par and fans must be wondering when they will get to see the Byram of old in action.
Then they might accept the fact he is not prepared to take a pay-cut at the club.